Driveway & ancillary works

If you are planning to undertake works between your property boundary and the kerb and gutter or road (Council land), then you must seek approval from Council under Section 138 of the Roads Act, 1993.

The following process applies to all driveway and ancillary works proposals, and may be categorised as:

  1. Part of a Development Application (DA)
  2. Complying Development Certificate (CDC)
  3. New driveway construction or
  4. Replacement/removal of an existing driveway.

Where the driveway and ancillary works form part of a DA, the issuing of Development Consent does not guarantee automatic approval of the proposed driveway or ancillary works in the road reserve. Approval granted under a DA is for the applicants proposed works within the property boundary only and does not extend to works in the road reserve. Separate approval is required for works exterior of the property boundary, irrespective of proposed exterior works being indicated on the approved DA plans.

If you intend to construct a new hardstand car space or extend an existing hardstand car space, and/or hardstand car space with carport over within the front setback area of your property, then you will need development approval from Council first. Please refer to Part 5.3.8 of the Canada Bay Development Control Plan for further information. Details on the development application process can be found on the DA Process section of our website.

If you are looking to carry out any of the following construction works, you must apply for and obtain Driveway and Ancillary Works approval:

  • Construct new driveway crossover
  • Construct new footpath and/or kerb and gutter within property frontage
  • Extend existing driveway crossover
  • Remove existing driveway crossover and kerb invert
  • Repair/replace an existing driveway crossover
  • Repair or reconstruct kerb and gutter within property frontage
  • Repair or reconstruct footpath within property frontage
  • Widen existing driveway crossover.

Below, you will find information on the steps required in order to obtain Driveway and Ancillary Works approval. It is important you read the following steps and information carefully before lodging an application.

More information

Step 1 - Understanding Council's driveway and ancillary works approval process

City of Canada Bay adopts a two-part approval process that you must adhere to in order to seek driveway and ancillary works approval.

1. Obtain approval for the location of the proposed driveway and/or ancillary works

Once you have determined the driveway location and/or design in accordance with Council’s specifications you are required to submit a driveway and ancillary works location application. The purpose of this application is for Council to assess the suitability of your proposed location for driveway and/or ancillary works. The application is also used to assess requests for modification, repair and reinstatement of existing driveways to ensure compliance to Council's current standards.

Please note: you cannot apply for the construction of works through this application.

2. Accept Council quote or obtain approval for a private contractor to carry out works 

Once you have received driveway and ancillary works location approval in writing, you have the option of either accepting Council’s quote provided along with the approval, or submitting a driveway and ancillary works construction by private contractor application should you wish to engage a private contractor. 

Please note: no work should commence without Council's written permission granting construction approval.

Step 2 - Review Council's driveway and ancillary works process and construction specification document

You are strongly advised to download and read Council’s Engineering Requirements for Development - Technical Specification with Appendices document prior to lodging your application. The information in the document outlines Council’s process and requirements for driveways and ancillary works.

Step 3 - Preparing and submitting your driveway and ancillary works location application

The purpose of the Driveway and Ancillary Works Location Application is for Council to assess the suitability of a driveway and/or ancillary works at your proposed location. The form is also used to assess requests for modification, repair and reinstatement of existing driveways to ensure compliance to Council's current standards. It is your responsibility to determine the correct development type and the number of driveways permitted under Council’s specification prior to submitting the application.

You will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee upon submission of the application form, as well as provide all required documentation. The type of works you are looking to undertake will determine the documentation that you are required to provide. Please ensure that you have read and obtained all the relevant documentation required in the customer check list before submission. If your application involves more than one driveway, you will need to submit all information required for both. You may need to consult with an architect or engineer to assist you with the preparation of documentation required.

You can lodge your application at our Civic Centre, 1A Marlborough Street, Drummoyne between 8.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Please note: ensure you arrive before 3.30pm so there is sufficient time to thoroughly check and lodge your application. Our Customer Services Team will check everything while you wait to ensure that you have all necessary information to lodge your application. If all documentation is not provided at the time of submission, it will not be accepted by Council’s Customer Services Team. If your application is ready to be accepted, you will be allocated a driveway and ancillary works application number and a receipt for your fees.

Step 4 - Documentation required for driveway and ancillary works location application

Council's driveway application form is designed to assist you in preparing and lodging the correct plans and documentation with your driveway application. Below is a breakdown of the information that you are required to submit with your application based upon the proposed works you are looking to undertake.

Construct a new driveway or repair/replace an existing driveway not using the existing levels

1. Completed 'Diagram – Plan of typical driveway' template for all driveway entries required

You are required to provide all measurements for your proposed driveway as highlighted on the template as well as indicate and provide distances for any obstacles in proximity to your proposed driveway such as trees, power poles, pits, services, stormwater outlets, etc. 

2. Longitudinal profile of proposed driveway(s) complying with the AS/NZS 2890.1:2004 off street parking code

The longitudinal profile supplied should transition from the centre of the road to the area within your property boundary where you park your vehicle (see example link below).

You may need to consult with an architect/engineer to provide you with the required levels and drawing.

Please take care when detailing the longitudinal profile for the road, as the road profile does vary, and often is steeper as it approaches the gutter.

3. If part of a DA and your DA application has been approved, the latest approved Council drawings detailing the proposed driveway and/or ancillary works must be provided 

You will also be required to provide the swept path details in accordance with AS/NZS 2890.1:2004.

4. For all non-DA applications, drawings detailing the location of the proposed driveway and/or ancillary works must be provided

Extend/repair/replace an existing driveway using existing levels

1. Completed 'Diagram – Plan of typical driveway' template for all driveway entries required

You are required to provide all measurements for your proposed driveway as highlighted on the template as well as indicate and provide distances for any obstacles in proximity to your proposed driveway such as trees, power poles, pits, services, stormwater outlets, etc.

2. If part of a DA and your DA application has been approved, the latest approved Council drawings detailing the proposed driveway and/or ancillary works must be provided. 

3. For all non-DA applications, drawings detailing the location of the proposed driveway and/or ancillary works must be provided.

Please note: If the information submitted is incomplete or insufficient then this may delay the processing of your application.

Driveway Location Application documents

Step 5 - Assessment and determination of your driveway and ancillary works location application

uncil's Civil Infrastructure Department. Development consent granted through a DA does not grant the applicant approval for works external to the property boundary, irrespective of the proposed works being identified on the approved DA plans.

1. Inspector assigned to your application 

Once your application has been received by Council's Civil Infrastructure Department an inspector will be assigned to review your application. If the plans and/or documentation you have submitted are incomplete or insufficient then you will be advised of this in writing. No further action will be taken regarding your application until this information has been received by Council. If the information requested is not provided within twenty one (21) days from the date you are notified then your application will be refused.

2. Joint site inspection with Council inspector

Council's Civil Infrastructure Department will contact you to book a joint inspection with your allocated inspector. The purpose of the inspection is to confirm the scope of works you are proposing to undertake and determine site suitability. You are required on site for this inspection and failure to attend the appointment can result in additional inspection fees being charged and possible refusal of your application.

Following the joint inspection, the inspector will liaise with all relevant Council departments that may impact your application. If further site inspections are required you will be contacted by the Civil Infrastructure Department.

3. Request for further information

If further information is required following the initial inspection, Council will notify the applicant in writing regarding what documentation is required. The application will not progress until this information has been received by Council. If the information requested is not provided within twenty (21) days from the date you are notified, then your application will be assessed 'as-is' and will likely be refused.

4. Application determination

Once the above has been satisfied, Council's Civil Infrastructure Department will notify you in writing of the decision. Once an application has been determined, Council considers the application closed. 

If you are successful with your application then in your written approval you will be advised of the details relating to the process and costs involved should you choose to engage a private contractor, and if requested, a quotation from Council to construct the proposed works. Approvals associated with either a Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC) are valid for the same approval duration as the DA or CDC. An approved DA/CDC is currently valid for five years, and requires commencement of activities relevant to the DA/CDC within the five year period. Approvals not associated with one of these type of applications are valid for twelve months from the date of issue. If your approval expires, then you will be required to re-submit a new application and pay all associated fees.

If your application is refused and you wish to appeal, you will need to submit a new application and pay all relevant fees. Please be advised that submission of a new application does not guarantee approval. If there is no additional information in support of a new application then you are advised not to submit it as the outcome is likely to be the same.

Step 6 - Persons who can construct the driveway

Once you have received in writing the driveway and ancillary works location approval you have two options regarding the construction of your driveway.

1. Accept Council quotation

If requested, Council will have provided you a quotation to construct the proposed works along with your driveway location approval. Council's quotation includes the cost to undertake works, including all inspections. You are not required to pay a bond when you engage Council to carry out the works as Council will carry the liability. There will also be no additional inspection fees charged to you outside of the required inspections. Council's quote is valid for 30 calendar days. If the quotation supplied by Council has expired, please contact Council and we will supply you with a new quote. If you choose to accept Council’s quotation, you will need to take a copy of the quote to Council’s Customer Services Team and pay the quoted amount. Upon confirmation of payment, Council’s Civil Infrastructure department will schedule the works to commence within 21 calendar days, weather permitting.

2. Nominate a private contractor

If you choose to nominate a private contractor then you are required to pay the inspection fees and bond identified in your driveway and ancillary works location approval. You are also required to complete and lodge a Driveway and Ancillary Works Construction by Private Contractor application form.

The amount stated in your driveway location approval is non-negotiable and must be paid when submitting Council’s driveway and ancillary works construction application form. The fees stated in the approval are in line with Council’s current financial year’s fees and charges. If you lodge a ‘driveway construction and ancillary works’ application, and it falls within a new financial year, then Council’s fees at the time of lodgement will be applied and supersede the fees indicated in the approval.

Please note: If the required documentation stated on the application form is not provided at the time of submission then it will not be accepted by Council. Once your application has been received it will be reviewed by Council’s Civil Infrastructure department.

If additional information is required you will be notified in writing. Once a determination has been made it will be issued to you in writing. If your application is refused you can either submit a new driveway and ancillary works construction application form with new private contractor details or proceed with Council’s quotation, if requested. If the quotation supplied by Council has expired, please contact us and we will supply you with a new quote. If no response is received by you within fourteen (14) working days from notification of additional information being required then the application will automatically be refused.

Step 7 - Private contractor requirements

In order for Council to consider approval for your nominated contractor, they must provide the following documentation to meet Council's minimum requirements, as listed below. All documents must be provided when submitting the Driveway and Ancillary Works Construction by Private Contractor Application form.

Required documentation

1. A copy of the contractor’s public liability insurance to the value of $20 million for a minimum period of six months indemnifying the City of Canada Bay must be provided. The indemnification of Council must be stipulated on the Certificate of Currency that is to be submitted to Council

2. A copy of the contractor’s licence valid for a minimum period of six months must be provided to Council

3. A copy of the traffic control management plan (TCP) must be provided for the proposed construction works

4. A copy of the road occupancy licence (ROL) obtained from RMS must be provided if proposed works are on a state road. For a list of state roads, refer to the driveway FAQ section.

Highly Recommended documentation

It is highly recommended that you complete and submit a ‘Pre-commencement damage report’. This is to ensure that pre-existing damage is not attributed to the property owner. Please click here to download the application or alternatively a copy can be obtained from Council’s Customer Services department.

Note:  If you have a current associated application lodged with Council that required the lodgement of a damage report, then you do not need to submit another one.

Step 8 - Determination of your driveway and ancillary works construction by private contractor application

Council must either approve or refuse your driveway and ancillary works construction by private contractor application. All driveway applications are determined by Council's Civil Infrastructure department.

If you are successful with your application you will be given approval for construction by private contractor in writing. Once you have received this approval you can commence works as outlined in your driveway and ancillary works location approval.

No works are to commence until written approval for the construction of driveway and/or ancillary works has been issued by Council. If works are commenced prior to Council issuing approval, then the property owner will be liable for an ‘un-authorised road works’ penalty fee and a stop work notice could be issued. Refer to Council’s fees and charges.

Please note: if it is a condition of your approval that you must have a pre-excavation inspection, then no works are to commence until this inspection has been arranged and carried out with Council’s inspector. If your application is refused, you can either submit a new driveway and ancillary works construction by private contractor application form providing new private contractor details or proceed with Council’s quotation. If the quotation supplied by Council has expired, please contact us and we will supply you with a new quote.

Step 9 - Construction by private contractor inspection process

It is a condition of approval that set inspections occur when a private contractor has been engaged to undertake works on your behalf. The inspections required for your application are highlighted in your driveway and ancillary works location approval. A breakdown of each inspection type is provided below.

Pre-excavation

When requesting an inspection please ensure that you quote your construction approval number.

If it is a condition of your approval that a pre-excavation inspection should be carried out then this needs to take place prior to commencement of works. The purpose of this inspection is to confirm and advise your contractor regarding the scope of works.

You are required to contact Council on 9911 6555 to request this inspection. At least 48 hours notice must be provided for Council to arrange the inspection. Council’s Civil Infrastructure department will contact you to confirm the inspection date and time.

The contractor is required on site for this inspection and failure to attend the appointment can result in additional inspection fees being charged.

Formwork

When requesting an inspection please ensure that you quote your construction approval number.

The purpose of this inspection is to confirm that the formwork constructed adheres to Council standards prior to the pouring of concrete.

If you are constructing more than one driveway, then each entry must be ready for inspection at the same time. If all works are not ready for inspection at the same time then a re-inspection fee will be charged.

You are required to contact Council on 9911 6555 to request this inspection. At least 48 hours notice must be provided to Council to arrange the inspection. Council’s Civil Infrastructure department will contact you to confirm the inspection date and time.

The contractor is required on site for this inspection and failure to attend the appointment can result in additional inspection fees being charged.

Final

When requesting an inspection please ensure that you quote your construction approval number. 

 Please note: Only the applicant can request this inspection.

The purpose of this inspection is to confirm that the works constructed and the reinstatement of public infrastructure meet Council standards. All works are to be completed before a final inspection is requested.

If you are constructing more than one driveway, then each entry must be ready for inspection at the same time. If all works are not ready for inspection at the same time then a re-inspection fee will be charged.

You are required to contact Council on 9911 6555 to request this inspection within 72 hours of completing works. At least 48 hours notice must be provided to Council to request an inspection.

Additional/re-inspections

If an additional inspection or re-inspection is required then these will carry a charge as per Council's fees and charges. The fee applies to each subsequent inspection required outside the stated number outlined in your driveway location approval.

An exception to the fee being charged is where Council is notified 24 hours prior to an appointment to re-arrange or in the instance of poor weather conditions at the inspector's discretion.

Where you are required to book one of these inspections you need to contact Council on 9911 6555 to request this inspection by quoting your construction approval number. At least 48 hours notice must be provided to Council to arrange the inspection. Council’s Civil Infrastructure department will contact you to confirm the inspection date and time.

If the Inspector advises that you are required on site for this inspection, failure to attend the appointment can result in additional inspection fees being charged.

Step 10 - Refund of security deposit

Following a final inspection, if all works are completed to Council's standards then a request will be sent to Council’s Finance department to request a release of the bond. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact Council and request a final inspection.

If works are found to be incomplete, non-compliant or not to Council's standards then the applicant will be notified of the outcome in writing. These works will need to be remedied by the applicant or alternatively Council can complete these on your behalf at a cost which is identified in the letter. If the applicant elects to remedy the works themselves then a re-inspection fee will apply. 

If upon re-inspection, the works are still found to be incomplete, non-compliant or not to Council's standards then Council will carry out the works. This will be at a cost to the applicant and the amount deducted from the applicant's bond. If the cost to remedy the works is less than the bond, then a request will be sent to Council’s Finance department to request the refund of the remaining amount once rectification works have been completed.

The applicant will be required to pay all additional inspection/re-inspection fees before the release of the bond can be arrange. If these fees are not paid within the time parameters outlined, then Council will deduct the costs from the applicants bond and refund the remainder.

Driveway application FAQ

Following is a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the City of Canada Bay driveway application process. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact Council on 9911 6555.

If I have a Development Approval (DA) for my driveway, do I require a Driveway approval?

Development Approval (Consent) relates only to work within your property boundary. Approval or non-approval of your driveway and ancillary works from your property boundary to the kerb and gutter or road (Council land) can only be confirmed when a formal Driveway and Ancillary Works Application is lodged with Council and a written response issued by Council’s City Services team. 

Please note: Council adpots a two-part approval process for driveway and ancillary works.

What are ancillary works?

Ancillary works refers to any works other than driveways and laybacks, such as footpath construction or reconstruction, road pavements, stormwater drainage pits and the like, within public infrastructure (Council land).

How long is my Driveway and Ancillary Works Location Approval valid for?

Driveway Location approval associated with either a Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC) are valid for the same approval duration as the DA or CDC. An approved DA/CDC is currently valid for five (5) years, and requires commencement of activities relevant to the DA/CDC within the five (5) year period.

Approvals not associated with one of these type of applications are valid for twelve (12) months from the date of issue

If your approval expires, you will be required to submit a new application and pay all applicable fees.

I want to repair my driveway, do I need to apply for Council approval?

If you are planning works from your property boundary to the kerb and gutter or road then you will need to submit a Driveway and Ancillary Works Application to Council. This is stipulated to ensure that the reconstruction is carried out to Council standards.

Please Note: Council adopts a two-part Driveway and Ancillary Works approval process.

What are the benefits of engaging Council to carry out driveway construction works?

There are many reasons to engage Council to construct your driveway and/or ancillary works; but most importantly, you will gain peace of mind that Council will ensure all works adhere to specified standards and Council will effectively manage the administrative and building processes so you don't have to.

Some of the key benefits are highlighted below: 

  • No bond to pay
  • No additional inspection fees apply/will be charged
  • No re-inspection fees apply/will be charged
  • No additional application form needs to be completed and separate approval issued in order to commence works
  • No need to engage and manage external contractors. ALL Council contractors have the required insurances and will ensure works are completed to Council standards
  • No waiting for a bond to be refunded, which would apply if you engaged a private contractor
  • No incomplete work charges and deductions from your bond, which would apply if you engaged a private contractor who did not complete works to Council's standards
  • No non-compliant work charges and deductions from your bond, which would apply if you engaged a private contractor who did not complete works to Council's standards
  • No stop work/penalty notices for non-compliance where a private contractor does not comply with standards delaying works.
What is the process if I decide to engage Council to construct my driveway?

If you decide to engage Council to construct your driveway the process is very simple.

All you need to do is to take a copy of the quotation that was provided, along with your Driveway and Ancillary Works Location Approval to Council's Service Centre at 1A Malborough St, Drummoyne. Our Customer Services team will assist in taking payment and providing you with a receipt.

Once payment has been confirmed by Council's Civil Infrastructure department, works will be scheduled to commence within 21 days, weather permitting. A Council inspector will be in touch to confirm the commencement date and to answer any questions that you may have.

I want to get a quote from Council to construct my driveway. What is the process?

You need to submit a Driveway and Ancillary Works Location Application so that a Council inspector can assess the scope of works you wish to undertake and advise you accordingly. If your application is successful, Council will provide you with a quotation along with Driveway and Ancillary Works Location approval.

What are the development types and how do I know which one applies to me?

The costs associated with Council's Driveway and Ancillary Works Location Application are based on the type of development you are looking to undertake and the number of driveway entries you are applying for.

The classification for each development type is stipulated below. Please read the information thoroughly before submitting your application form as the application fees are non-refundable. Refer to Council's fees and charges for current application fees.

Residential single driveway

Council classifies a residential single driveway as an owner occupied, single dwelling property with a single driveway. If you are repairing/extending/removing an existing driveway or constructing a new single driveway then this development type applies to you. This development type is for properties that will have a single driveway at the property only.

If you already have an existing driveway and are seeking approval for a second driveway then you need to apply for either the duplex/residential driveways < 3 storey or industrial/commercial/residential driveways > 3 storey development type (see next heading).

Please ensure that you read Council's specification document on the number of driveways permitted before submitting an application. 

Duplex/residential driveways < 3 storey

Council classifies duplex/residential driveways < 3 storey as residential properties less than three (3) stories in height.

Duplexes may be permitted to have a single combined driveway, however the maximum width may be assessed as if the site was for a single dwelling, or a width that would be sufficient to permit only one vehicular movement to enter and exit the site in a forward direction. If you are seeking to apply for a single combined driveway the number of entries you enter on the application form is one (1). If you are seeking approval for two (2) separate driveways then the number of entries you enter on the application form is two (2).

If you already have an existing residential driveway and are seeking approval for a second driveway then this development applies to you.

Please ensure that you read Council's specification document on the number of driveways permitted before submitting an application.  

Industrial/commercial/residential driveways > 3 storey

Council classifies industrial/commercial/residential driveways > 3 storey as properties greater than three (3) stories in height and where a property may currently have or intend to construct separate entry and exit points or there are two (2) or more entry levels or multiple ramps.

Please ensure that you read Council's specification document on the number of driveways permitted before submitting an application.  

If I have site plans for my driveway do I still need to submit the Driveway Plan Template?

Site Plans generally provide a basic indication of where the driveway is proposed to be constructed. Council’s Driveway Plan Template requests more comprehensive dimensional information that will assist in determining whether your proposed driveway complies with Council’s specification, and can be constructed.

Is my property on a State road, and if so what do I have to do?

If the proposed work is located on any of the following streets/roads, you will be required to obtain a Road Occupancy Licence from the RMS (Traffic Management Centre) prior to the lodgement of the Driveway &/or Ancillary Works Construction by Private Contractor application form:

  • Victoria Road
  • Concord Road
  • Parramatta Road
  • Homebush Bay Drive
  • Ramsay Road, Five Dock
  • Queens Road, Five Dock
  • Bayswater Street, Drummoyne
  • Westbourne Street, Drummoyne
  • Marlborough Street, Drummoyne
  • Gipps Street/Patterson Street, Concord
  • Lyons Road between Great North Road and Victoria Road
  • Leicester Avenue between Parramatta Road and Raw Square
  • Fairlight Street between Ramsay Road and Great North Road
  • Great North Road between Parramatta Road and Lyons Road