Road and footpath openings

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.

If you intend to open a section of Council land solely for the purpose of connecting from a property to a Utility then you must apply for and obtain Road &/or Footpath Opening approval.

Where the Road &/or Footpath opening works form part of a DA, the issuing of Development Consent DOES NOT constitute approval to carry out works in Council land. You must apply through a Road &/or Footpath opening by Private Contractor application.

If your proposed opening is in conjunction with a driveway application and within the frontage of your property then you should read the Driveway & Ancillary Works Application process.

You need to submit this application if you are looking to carry out any of the following Road &/or Footpath works in Council land: 

  • Stormwater Connection/Repair
  • Sewer Connection/Repair
  • Water Connection/Repair
  • Electricity Connection/Repair
  • Gas Connection/Repair
  • Other Utility Connections/Repair
  • Any Investigative works in Council land

Below, you will find information on the steps required in order to obtain Road &/or Footpath opening approval. It is important you read the following steps and information carefully before lodging an application.

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Understanding Council's Road & Footpath Opening Approval Process

1. Submit a Road &/or Footpath Opening Application

Once you have determined the scope of the proposed Road &/or Footpath Opening and reviewed Council’s Specifications, you are required to submit a Road &/or Footpath Opening application. Council has two application forms for Road &/or Footpath Openings. The two applications are based upon whether you want to carry out the final or temporary restoration of the intended opening(s). Please ensure that you read the conditions for each application type before submission. A summary of each application is listed below:

Road &/or Footpath Opening by Private Contractor Temporary Restoration Application

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Road &/or Footpath Opening by Private Contractor Permanent Restoration Application

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Please note: You cannot commence works at this stage. This DOES NOT constitute approval

2. Agree Scope & Cost of Works with Council Inspector

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Please note: You cannot commence works at this stage. This DOES NOT constitute approval

3. Pay agreed Scope & Cost of Works determination

Please note: You cannot commence works at this stage. This DOES NOT constitute approval

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4. Permit issued

Please note: No work shall commence without the written permission from Council granting Construction approval