Minor public works

A minor public works application is required when there are minor works planned within the road reserve (e.g road, footpath, nature strip or Council verge), including access to property and road openings for utility connections. Approval can be given under sec 138 of the Roads Act 1993. Where the work is planned on major roads RMS approval must be obtained.

For example:

  • If you are planning to build or move a driveway, submit a driveway application to receive approval for access to your property.
  • If you need to dig into the road reserve (e.g. road, footpath, nature strip, Council verge or footway) to connect to utilities such as gas, water, power, communications or stormwater connections, you must submit a road opening application to receive approval to open the road.

For larger construction jobs i.e. installation of footpaths, street trees, major utility connection to new developments (where the work involves reinstatement of multiple assets) a Public Works Certificate is required.

Online

Approval to open a road, driveway, footpath or Council verge, to gain access to either build or move a driveway, or to connect to utilities, is made under Section 138 of the Roads Act 1993.

Driveway application

If you are planning to build or move a driveway, you will need to complete the application form(PDF, 155KB) and submit the following documentation to receive approval for access to your property:

  • Site plan of the property with the proposed driveway marked up
  • Driveway profile from the road to the house, including showing the natural surface levels.

Road opening application

If you are planning to dig into the road reserve to connect to utilities, you will need to complete the form and submit the following documentation.

  • Sketch or site plan indicating the location of the proposed works
  • Evidence that the contractor has adequate public liability insurance for $20 million.
  • Traffic management plan, if applicable

For further advise of what to submit for the above applications, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333, 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday and ask to speak to a Asset Technical Officer.

Please note all plans and supporting documentation need to be flattened (no layers), without security/protection and in pdf format.  The preferred drafted plan size is A3.

Pay

Fees will be calculated by Council staff and will be provided to you in writing, once we have received your application.

In person

Approval to open a road, driveway, footpath or Council verge, to gain access to either build or move a driveway, or to connect to utilities, is made under Section 138 of the Roads Act 1993.

Driveway application

If you are planning to build or move a driveway, you will need the following documentation to be submitted with your application to receive approval for access to your property:

  • Site plan of the property with the proposed driveway marked up
  • Driveway profile from the road to the house, including showing the natural surface levels.

Road opening application

If you are planning to dig into the road reserve to connect to utilities, you will need the following documentation to be submitted with your application.

  • Sketch or site plan indicating the location of the proposed works
  • Evidence that the contractor has adequate public liability insurance for $20 million
  • Traffic management plan, if applicable

For further advise of what to submit for the above applications, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333, 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday and ask to speak to a Asset Technical Officer.

Please note all plans and supporting documentation need to be flattened (no layers), without security/protection and in pdf format.  The preferred drafted plan size is A3.

Step 1.Pay

Fees will be calculated by Council staff and will be provided to you in writing, once we have received your application.

Step 2.Visit us

Once you have gathered your documentation, you are ready to lodge your application. Please visit our Customer Service Centre where staff can assist you.

In light of restrictions caused by COVID-19, access to our Customer Service desk in Council's Administration Building is by appointment only. If you require assistance from our Customer Service Centre please contact them on 02 4921 0333.