Crossovers, Road Reserves and Asset Protection

Road Reserves

The road reserve extends from property boundary to property boundary and includes, but is not limited to, the road pavement, kerb and channel, nature strip, footpath and vehicle crossing.

You will need a Works within Road Reserve Permit if you need to carry out works in the road reserve, including connecting services such as driveway construction, water connection, and underground power supply or storm water.

Please note: Council MUST inspect the crossover or works in the road reserve before any concrete is poured, and after it is completed, to make sure that the permit conditions are followed and to guarantee the longevity of the crossover.

Applying for a Work Within Road Reserve Permit

The Application for a Work Within Road Reserve Permit(PDF, 1MB) forms can be downloaded or obtained at any of our Customer Service Centres

To lodge your application, please email the completed form to Community Compliance or drop into one of our Customer Service Centres.

There is an application fee for this permit, which is detailed on the permit application form.

The permit will be subject to certain conditions included on the permit. In some instances, these may include:

  • The payment of a security bond.
  • Repair, replacement or reinstatement of any damaged Council assets.

Examples of Works Within Road Reserves

  • Vehicle crossing works: Involves work to the crossover that provides access to your property from the property line to the road edge.
  • Road pavement works: Includes any other work in the road pavement. An example is installing a pipe connecting across the road.
  • Footpath or nature strip works: Includes skip bins or materials for a project on the nature strip.
  • Service connection: Involves connecting a water, communications or gas supply to a property.
  • Storm water connection: Is a connection to a pipe or a pit.

Vehicle Crossing Works

This covers any work to a new or existing driveway crossing, commonly known as crossovers.

To make sure we can process your crossover application effectively, please include with your application a site plan of the proposed crossover showing any known assets such as NBN pits, storm water pits or sign posts.

If you are proposing a second crossover, or the installation of two crossovers, the following conditions apply:

  • The two crossovers must have at least 9 metres between them.
  • Each crossover must not exceed 3.5 metres in width at the property boundary or at the footpath.

Major considerations for approval of a permit include:

  • Does the proposed location offer a safe sight distance for approaching vehicles (with 200 metres of sight distance desired in rural areas)?
  • Is any drainage affected?
  • Are any street trees or significant vegetation impacted?
  • Are there any assets such as storm water drains, Telstra pits, light posts or sign posts within one metre of proposed crossover?

There are four types of crossovers with standard design drawings available for each type. Standard design drawings can be obtained at any of our Customer Service Centres or downloaded: Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM) Standard Drawings(PDF, 4MB).

The four different types of crossovers are detailed below:

For any enquiries regarding the which of the above specifications is best for you, email Community Compliance or call 5624 2411.

Applying for an Asset Protection Permit

Under Sections 5.2 and 5.3 of the Community Local Law 2016(PDF, 2MB), Council requires the person in charge of building works or a building site to obtain an Asset Protection Permit before beginning building works that have the potential to damage Council assets. Minor building works may be excluded from this requirement.

This is to ensure that our assets, such as footpath, kerb and channel, nature strips and stormwater pits, are adequately maintained and for public safety during building works.

There is an application fee for this permit, which is detailed on the permit application form.

To apply for and Asset Protection Permit, use the Asset Protection Application Form(PDF, 836KB).

To lodge your application, please email the completed form to Community Compliance or drop into one of our Customer Service Centres.

Permit Conditions

The permit will be subject to certain conditions included on the permit. These may include:

  • The payment of a security bond.
  • Photos of site showing any existing damage.
  • Repair, replacement or reinstatement of any damaged Council assets.

A checklist is available below to assist you with site photos: Asset Protection Pre Works Site Checklist (print version)(PDF, 67KB)

Security Bond Refunds

The permit holder must notify Council when building works are completed so that Council’s assets can be inspected and the security bond refunded, where no damage is recorded.

To notify Council that works are complete and request a refund, complete the request for refund form found below and email our Community Compliance Team or drop into one of our Customer Service Centres.

To request a refund, use the Request for an Asset Protection Bond Refund(PDF, 62KB) form.

Damage to Council Assets

If our assets have been damaged during the building works:

  • The damage may be repaired by the permit holder and the bond returned; or,
  • The security bond may be retained by Council to repair the asset, and any additional costs for the repair will be invoiced to the permit holder.

Building Sites

Your building site must comply with the Community Local Law 2016 - Schedule 3 Building and Works Code of Practice.

You must obtain an asset protection permit before undertaking any building work on a building site, or receiving materials and equipment on a building site or areas immediately adjacent.

A building site must have adequate toilet facilities for site workers, suitable rubbish receptacles, adequate fencing around the site perimeter, and adequate site identification to the satisfaction of an authorised officer.

Do not dispose of sediment, slurry, mud, clay or debris in a public place.