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City rules address driveways and landscaping

Updated April 6, 2020

Residents who plan to update the appearance of their driveways or front yards are reminded to follow the City's regulations concerning paving and landscaping in front yard areas.

Driveway aprons

Driveway aprons (the paved area from a sidewalk to a garage door) are required to be set back at least three feet from the closest side property line. The maximum width of a driveway apron may not exceed 25 feet for a two-car garage or 35 feet for a three-car garage. This requirement prevents over-paving of front yard areas for parking.


To maintain the appearance of residential streets in Cerritos and to prevent over-paving of front yards, the City requires that a minimum of 40 percent of your front yard be landscaped. This can include the lawn, flower beds and shrubbery. If you plan to install an irrigation system for your yard, be sure to check with the City's Community Development Department first to obtain approval and a building permit.

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