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Working in road reserves

You need to apply for a Road Opening Permit to carry out any excavation works on the road reserve outside your property or within Council easement.

About the road reserve

The road reserve is all the land between property boundaries including footpaths and nature strips. photo showing a road reserve and explaining what it is: a road reserve is all the land between property/title boundaries, including footpaths and nature strips.

This includes:

  • road surface
  • footpath
  • nature strip
  • street or drainage reserve.

Road Opening Permit

You need to provide a site plan with your Road Opening permit application.

Site plan

The site plan must show the location of the proposed works and all the assets within the vicinity. Assets include everything that will be affected by the works, including:

  • trees
  • landscaping
  • road pavement
  • kerb and channel
  • drains
  • service authority assets
  • private assets.

Traffic management plan

This is required for all works undertaken on collector, industrial, and link roads as classified in our Public Road Register.

Online applications

Applications can be submitted online.

You will need to be registered to use our online service.

Apply for a Road Opening Permit online

Application process

Once we receive your application and fee, a Council officer will carry out a site inspection.

If your request is approved, you will receive the permit via email within 5 business days.

If your request is denied, an officer will contact you to discuss your application further.

If you would like any more information about applications, contact our Asset Preservation Officer on 9298 8195.

Council Reserve Access Permit

If you need to access Council owned or managed land, you need a Council Reserve Access Permit.

Operational guidelines

We provide operational guidelines on vehicle crossings. These include:

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Customer Services team on 9298 8000.

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