Residential driveway permits

A residential driveway provides car access for a single detached house. If you wish to build, repair or modify a residential driveway, you must apply for a permit. Brisbane City Council has two application types for residential driveways:

Driveways, including the kerb and channel must be maintained in a condition that is safe and complies with Council’s requirements.

Find out about Council's standards and requirements for residential driveways.

You can also download the:

Self-assessment

A self-assessment permit enables you to assess your own compliance against Council requirements. Your assessment of the driveway should be accurate and have no negative impacts on the environment, Council's infrastructure or the community. To apply for a self-assessment permit, the proposed driveway must comply with the following requirements:

  • must not result in the creation of a secondary driveway on any property frontage
  • must not be located within two metres of the trunk of a street tree of cylindrical form
  • must not be located within the canopy dripline or within five metres of the trunk of a buttress street tree
  • must not be located within 10 metres of a minor intersection or 20 metres of a major intersection
  • must conform to the requirements of Council Standard Drawings
  • must not result in a driveway crossover wider than three metres on a small lot (area less than 450m²)
  • must not result in a driveway crossover wider than four metres for a single garage or five metres for a double garage or greater on a standard lot (450m² or larger)
  • must not involve the removal, relocation or modification of a Council asset (such as street trees, parking meters, traffic signs and lines, traffic calming devices and bus stops)
  • Must not be located within 600mm of another organisation’s asset (such as hydrants, utility manholes, utility pits or water meters).
  • Must not be located within 20 metres of the approach to a bus stop and 10 metres within the departure side of the bus stop.
  • Must not be located within 500 mm of a street sign.
  • Must not be located within 600 mm of a stormwater drain.
  • Must not be located within 500 mm of an electrical pillar.
  • Must not be located within one metre of a light pole or power pole
  • Must not be located within one metre of a parking meter.

You cannot apply for a self-assessment if you:

  • require an additional driveway
  • require a driveway wider than five metres on large lots and wider than three metres on small lots
  • require a driveway where you require removal or relocation of Council assets (such as parking meters, water meters, traffic islands and bus stops)
  • require a driveway within nine metres of a minor intersection or 18 metres of a major intersection
  • require a driveway within one metre of a street tree or its canopy dripline
  • cannot comply with Council's standard drawings.

If you do not meet any of the self-assessment requirements, you must apply for a full assessment and an onsite inspection and assessment by a Council officer.

Apply for a self-assessment permit

To apply for a self-assessment permit, complete the permit to construct a residential driveway online form. You may also need to upload any supporting documents such as photos of existing damage to kerb, channel, footpath and/or road surface.

An immediate permit will be available for download if:

  • your driveway meets all the requirements
  • you have submitted your application, and
  • paid the relevant application fee.

You may require other driveway approvals if there are obstacles in the way of the proposed driveway site.

Full assessment (including onsite inspection)

If you need assistance designing a driveway that meets the standards, you must:

A Council officer will inspect the site within 20 working days to complete an assessment. You may require other driveway approvals if there are obstacles in the way of the proposed driveway site.

Council may refuse a residential driveway permit if your proposed driveway cannot meet the standards.

Alternatively, you can complete a hard copy of Application/notice to work on Council property and submit your application.

Permit expiry

Your driveway permit is valid for 12 months from the issue date. If your permit expires and construction has not been carried out within the 12 month period, a new application must be submitted.

Last updated:27 February 2020