Road and Footpath Permits
  • Last updated:
  • 21 Sep 2016

The Road and Footpath Permit allows council to authorise activities within the road reserve.

Under the Local Government Act, council must approve work within the road reserve. The Road and Footpath Permit allows council to:

  • approve activities in the road reserve
  • control the quality of inherited community assets
  • minimise the disruption to the general community from work carried out
  • preserve existing community assets.

All activities described below are prescribed activities and are controlled under Local Law 1 and require a permit.


  • The temporary occupation of the road reserve for non profit purpose, e.g. shipping container, mini skip, stored equipment or building materials.


  • Applies to existing retail outlets, multi-dwelling residential, industrial or commercial buildings.
  • For a crane lift or similar request to occupy community land.


  • Short term commercial (less than six hours no road or lane closure).
  • All other requests for the occupation of road reserve or community land where there is a possible risk of damage to a community asset.


Each application has a fee along with a bond as security for the proposed work.

The bond may be used to cover the cost of replacing any damaged existing asset, or repair any sub-standard inherited asset if required. Further costs may be enforced if damage exceeds the prescribed bond amount.

Type Application Fee/Bond Amount
Domestic Application Fee $180.00
Domestic Bond $516.00
Commercial Application Fee $496.00
Commercial Bond $2,582.00
Other Application Fee $180.00
Other Bond Varies up to max. of $2,582.00

All bonds will be refunded when all work and any occupation within the road reserve has been completed to council’s satisfaction and within agreed timeframes.

Quick step permit application process

Allow 14 days from the date of the application and payment.

Step 1 – Complete application with the following site information.

Domestic applications will only be approved if the following items have been completed in full:

  1. Site Plan (clearly showing all proposed construction within the road reserve)
  2. Signature/s of primary applicant
  3. Start and completion dates
  4. A traffic and pedestrian management plan prepared by a qualified professional and in accordance with the appropriate legislation (if requested by council officer)
  5. Prescribed fees and charges.

Commercial and Other applications must contain the following information before final approval can be given and is for work considered as, renovation, restoration or changes to an existing property:

  1. Approved site plans
  2. Signatures of applicant
  3. Program of Work
  4. A traffic and pedestrian management plan prepared by a qualified professional and in accordance with the appropriate legislation.
  5. Prescribed fees and charges.

Step 2 – Applicant to present application to Customer Service for processing along with the bond and fee payment and the site plan, scope of work and site specific traffic management plan.

Step 3 – Customer will be contacted by a council officer within 5 -7 days of receipted application to discuss your application or arrange a site meeting.

Step 4 – A council officer will investigate and seek approval of the application from all relevant council departments.

Step 5 – Council approves the application subject to general and site specific conditions.

Step 6 – Upon completion of the proposed work, application should be made through council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 5475 7272 requesting a site inspection and approval of the bond refund. The applicant must ensure that all environmental controls and building materials have been removed from the road reserve and the area has been restored to its pre-existing condition.


For more information, please contact the council's customer service centre.