Residential Driveway/Sidedrain Installation
HENRY COUNTY COMMISSION DRIVEWAY POLICY
January 1, 2024
This policy has been prepared in the interest of public safety, efficient maintenance operations and as a guide for public agencies and private owners in preparing plans and applications for driveway access to roads maintained by the Henry County Commission. Reviewing, inspecting, and authorizing these driveways will be on a case-by-case basis, determined by the Henry County Road Department.
Per this policy, the following driveway pipe materials shall be used. No other materials besides those listed below are approved for installation in driveways accessing Henry County maintained roads and rights-of-way.
• Aluminized Corrugated Metal Pipe (16 Gauge Minimum)
• Reinforced Concrete Pipe
All pipe utilized in the construction of a driveway shall be in NEW condition, no used pipe shall be allowed.
The pipe for driveway installation shall be a minimum of 30-ft with a maximum length of 60-feet. All lengths shall be in 10-foot increments. Pipes
greater than 60-feet in length must be approved by the Henry County Road Department to ensure that proper roadway drainage is provided.
Prior to installing any pipe on the county’s right-of-way and as part of the application process, the owner of the property requesting a driveway pipe must contact the Henry County Road Department at (334) 585-2735 or click here to complete the driveway pipe application form. After the office receives the completed driveway application form, an employee in the department will review the completed permit and an employee of the department will determine the size of pipe to be installed. An employee of the department will provide the owner of the property with the size of the pipe to be installed. Except for parcels solely dedicated to agricultural use, the owner of the property shall be solely responsible for all costs, fees, and expenses arising out of or related to purchasing and installing the pipe. A licensed and bonded contractor shall be required to install the pipe. The department will have available a preapproved list of contractors that are authorized to install such pipes. The owner may nominate another contractor to install the pipe, who shall be reviewed for approval by the department.
The owner and contractor are separately and severally responsible for contacting the department once the pipe is delivered and scheduled for installation to allow for the
department to inspect said pipe prior to the pipe being installed. The installation of the pipe shall be completed and ready for review on or before 120 days from the date the application is approved for the property. If the installation is not completed within the allotted time, the citizen must make a new application and receive approval before installing said pipe. The owner of the property shall be responsible for any changes required by the department arising from the inspection of the installation of the pipe. The department is hereby authorized to remove any pipe on the county’s right-of-way installed incorrectly or installed without the approval of the department.
A Contractor shall be a licensed and bonded contractor. The County Engineer’s office will have a preapproved list of contractors that are authorized to install driveway pipes in Henry County. The owner may nominate another contractor to install the driveway, however, the nominated contractor shall be reviewed for approval by the County Engineer’s office.
The Henry County Road Department shall continue to maintain all driveways installed on the County’s Right-of-Way before the implementation of this policy. This maintenance shall include the maintenance of the pipe and driveway surface. Also, the Henry County Road Department shall repair erosion around the driveway located on the County’s right-of-way, except when erosion is caused by stormwater runoff from off right-of-way (i.e. water running down the driveway towards the County Road). THE COUNTY SHALL NOT MAINTAIN OR REPLACE ANY CONCRETE OR ASPHALT SURFACED DRIVEWAYS. For any driveway or access installed under this policy (after January 1, 2024) the owner does hereby assume all liability for and save Henry County responsible from any and all claims for damage arising out of the work to be done herein, any damage done by the continued use of the driveway and pipe, and any repairs, maintenance, or upkeep related to the driveway pipe for two years after installation. The owner also agrees to repair any damages to the driveway pipe that create drainage issues on Henry County Rights-of-Way during the two-year maintenance period.