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Road Reserve Permits

What is a Road Reserve Permit?

Road Reserves are defined as the parcel of land between the boundaries facing properties which include roadways, footpaths and nature strips; as well as Council’s off-street car parks.

Road Reserve Permits are required when work is proposed which involves:

  • Partial road closures (two way traffic must be maintained)
  • Full or partial footpath closures when appropriate
  • Work on nature strips
  • Work in Council’s off-street car parks

Full road or lane closures with a detour require a Road Closure Permit.

What is the purpose of a Road Reserve Permit?

The purposes of the Permit are to:

  1. Ensure that Council assets are protected
  2. Ensure that impact on the public is managed
  3. Avoid conflict with other projects, events and activities

Under Section 46 of the Local Government (Highways) Act 1982, a permit is required to undertake any work in the road reserve or in a Council Car Park.

What costs are involved in obtaining a Road Reserve Permit?

A Road Reserve Permit is free, but if the work involves occupation of metered car parking spaces, a parking charge may be applicable. Road Reserve Permit applications must be submitted 5 days prior to the intended start of work. Road Reserve Permits are valid for 3 months once approved.

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For enquiries regarding the application, contact Council’s Engineering Development Officer on (03) 6424 0511 or [email protected]

Completed Road Reserve Permit applications should be sent to Council’s Engineering Development Officer at [email protected]