Driveways & Working in Road Reserves

Road reserves and your driveway

The road reserve is the public land outside your property boundary. It includes any footpaths, kerb and channel. Typically, your driveway spans this land to meet the road and this is referred to as the "Driveway Crossover".


Planning approval and permits for driveways

Council is responsible for ensuring that all new and replacement driveway crossovers meet certain standards. Planning approval may be required before you start construction. If you are unsure, contact Council on 6393 5320 to speak with a Town Planner.

You will also require a permit before you undertake any work in the road reserve. Road Reserve Work Permits are issued free of charge. Permits are valid for six months, however, once work has commenced, it must be completed within three consecutive days or as otherwise agreed with Council.

A permit is required when:

• A driveway does not exist and you need to construct a new one
• The existing driveway is unsuitable and you need to make changes, construct a new or additional one (second driveway)
• You are experiencing problems with your existing driveway (eg. car scraping) and require a kerb wedge

All driveway crossover works MUST be completed by a contractor who has the relevant skills, qualifications and insurances and you are required to include the contractor details on your permit application form.

Pipes and cables are often located underground within the road reserve. It is essential that work is carried out by experienced contractors who have appropriate insurance and traffic management systems.

A permit is not required to undertake repairs to your existing driveway, however, if you intend to work in the road reserve you must contact Council first on 6393 5300.

Road Reserve Work Permit Application Form


Need help?

For more information see the Helpful Documents sidebar to the right of this page. If you are having difficulty designing your driveway crossover, particularly in areas with steep terrain or you need more information, contact Council on 6393 5300.