A Vehicle Crossing Permit is to be obtained prior to any changes being made to an existing vehicle crossing i.e. widening, relocation or or construction of a new vehicle crossing.
A vehicle crossing can be described as a driveway, connecting your property to the street or road.
The area between your property boundary and the kerbside is the section that requires a permit if you wish to construct a new driveway or wish to make changes to an existing driveway.
This section is part of the road reserve. Construction and maintenance of the driveway is your responsibility as the property owner requiring vehicle access to the street.
Vehicle Crossing Permit Regulations
Our Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014, Part 4 - Business and Builders, Section 57 - Vehicle Crossings - Constructing states that a Vehicle Crossing Permit is always required when a new vehicle crossing is to be constructed or an existing crossing is to be relocated or modified.
When your property is located in a heritage overlay area, you will need to check with our Planning Department on 03 5272 4456.
Vehicle Crossing Inspections
Any changes to an existing vehicle crossing i.e. relocation, widening, etc or if an additional vehicle crossing is requested the property owner/contractor is required to gain approval from Council's Works Inspectors. You will need to contact Engineering Services on 03 5272 4426 to arrange an on-site inspection. Please note that a minimum 24 hour notice period applies.
Further, if the Inspector gives approval for the alterations to the vehicle crossing or approval for a new vehicle crossing the contractor will need to obtain a Vehicle Crossing Permit Please note, these permits are only available at any of Council's Customer Service Centres. Further any redundant crossings must be reinstated back to kerb and channel as per the conditions on the back of the permit.
Once the crossing is all formed up and ready to pour concrete the contractor will need to call for an inspection prior to pouring and once again, a 24 hour notice period is required - Please Note that the Vehicle Crossing Permit No. must be quoted when booking the inspection.
Also, in general, the following applies to all vehicle crossings:
- must be at least 1.0 metre away from any tree, power pole, drain, etc
- cannot be constructed over a drainage pit
- must be a minimum distance of 10 metres back from an intersection.
- If a Telstra pit is to be located in the proposed crossing then approval, in writing, from that authority is required.
- If NBN pit - no vehicle crossing allowed to be constructed over it.
If a vehicle crossing is not being installed at the existing layback or the vehicle crossing is required to be relocated or widened, a pre-inspection with one of our Works Inspectors, must be undertaken and a notice period of 24 hours applies.
As a condition of the permit
you must reinstate the redundant layback /vehicle crossing back to kerb and
If you require an additional vehicle crossing, an on-site inspection with our Works Inspector is required. A 24 hours notice period also applies in this situation.
The owner or contractor may obtain the permit.
The name of the contractor must be written on the vehicle crossing permit and a copy of the contractor’s insurance must be supplied to the Customer Service Centre staff to ensure that:
Their names are placed on our Public Liability Register and
The contractors carrying out the works has public liability insurance to the value of $10 million.
Public liability insurance
Applicants are required to provide specific information including public liability details and construct your driveway to specific standards.
Public liability insurance ensures that the public are safe and liability for any accidents is covered by the person undertaking these construction works on your behalf.
A minimum of $10 million worth of public liability cover is required. Applicants are advised that proof of cover in the form of a Certificate of Currency is necessary before the application can be filled out on your behalf.
We keep a Public Liability Register for this purpose to make things easier for repeat applicants. Each year, a new Certificate of Currency must be supplied to us before any new applications can be lodged.
Once the vehicle crossing is boxed up and ready to pour as per the Inspector’s approval, another inspection is required to be carried out by our Works Inspectors to ensure that it has been constructed to our specifications and the correct materials have been used.
Our Customer Service team can help you to request a vehicle crossing inspection.