Work on roads and footways

Brisbane City Council supports work on Council property such as roads and footways when this is required as part of construction work or business operations. Council regulates these activities to ensure public health and safety.

Find out the different types of work that require approval and find out how to apply using the Application/Notice to Work on Council Property. There are other requirements for Footpath Dining.

When you need approval

Approval is required to work on or use Council property, such as roads and footways, for the following activities:

Construct or repair a driveway For all commercial driveways and for residential driveways that require on-site inspection and assessment
Footway To construct or repair a footpath
Planter box To place a planter box on the footway
Deposit equipment and materials on the footway Temporary placement of building materials on the footway, e.g. general landscaping supplies, shipping containers, industrial bin, construction site office, building materials, mini-skips, vehicles, plant and machinery and temporary fences
Crossover kerb and channel Temporary access to drive over the constructed kerb and channelling other than the driveway, e.g. house relocations, house construction, commercial development and plant and machinery
Excavate roadway or footway Permit to open up or break the surface of any part of any street or footway or to dig or remove any turf, sand, clay, soil or material from any part of any street or footway, for any lawful purpose e.g. maintenance to utility services, construct infrastructure, geological drilling and roadway/footway enhancement. If you are working on a roadway, you will also need to apply for a Temporary lane and road closure
Connect to Council stormwater drainage Dig footway to lay drainage in order to connect to Council stormwater, e.g. connecting stormwater pipe/s to any of the following: kerb and channel, open drain, swale, enclosed drainage, stormwater gully or a culvert
Temporary use of footway (temporary stall) To erect temporary structures such as tables and chairs on the footway, e.g. street stalls, stand/booth (for religious, charitable, educational or political purposes only) and footway closure. This does not include Footpath Dining
Hoarding and gantry To place a temporary fence around a building or structure under construction or repair, to erect temporary scaffolding or site sheds
Display or storage of goods on roadway or footway Annual permit to display or store goods on a footway.  This excludes Driveway, Deposit Material and all road opening permits.

When no approval is needed

Approval is not needed for depositing equipment and materials for less than 48 hours when:

  • it is outside the CBD* 
    *CBD: for the definition of CBD, refer to the City Centre shown in Appendix C of the Schedule of Fees and Charges.
  • the work is not on a main road

The following distance from the property alignment or kerb must be left clear at all times to allow for safe pedestrian passage:

  • in residential areas - 1.2 metres
  • in CBD or business areas - 1.8 metres (additional permit conditions may apply)

Fees

Payment of an application fee is required when your lodge your Application/Notice to Work on Council property.

Following approval, for some application types a permit fee is payable.

Application type Application fee
Residential driveway that requires
on-site inspection and assessment

$75.85 application fee

$101.50 inspection fee

Commercial driveway $550
Footway - construct or repair footpath $136.35
Planter box $136.35
Crossover kerb and channel $136.35
Excavate the roadway/footway $136.35
Connect to Council stormwater drainage $136.35
Temporary use of footway $136.35
Deposit equipment or materials on the footway $136.50
Hoarding and gantry $140
Display or storage of goods on roadway or footway $75.85

Charitable or religious organisations listed in Appendix A (a) and (b) of the Schedule of Fees and Charges are exempt from this fee.

Following approval, a permit fee is payable for the following application types:

  • planter box
  • temporary use of footway
  • deposit equipment or materials on the footway
  • hoarding and gantry.

The permit fee is calculated using the following rates:

Zone Unit Permit fee for hoarding and gantry Permit fee for other footway uses
Zone A - City Centre (does not include the Queen Street or Valley Malls) Each square metre of space utilised under the permit per month $20.50 $14.35
Zone B - Major Centre Each square metre of space utilised under the permit per month $7.60 $7.05
Zone C - Other areas Each square metre of space utilised under the permit per month $3.80 $3.50

The display or storage of goods on road or footway permit fee is calculated using the following rates:

Zone Unit Permit fee for display or storage of goods on road or footway
Zone A - City Centre (does not include the Queen Street or Valley Malls) Each square metre of space occupied under the permit each year $434.95
Zone B - Major Centre Each square metre of space occupied under the permit each year $196.45
Zone C - Other areas Each square metre of space occupied under the permit each year $117.65

How to apply

1. Supporting documents

Prepare the attachments required for your online application as Word, PDF or JPG files.  Attachments may include:
  • Site plan sketch (required)
    - identifying the location of the proposed work
    - relevant dimensions of any proposed temporary structures
    - location and extent of any proposed earthworks (cut, trench and/or filling)
    - how pedestrians will navigate around the proposed footway use
  • Approved plans (optional)
  • Site photos (optional)
  • Traffic management plan (optional)

2. Application/notice to work on Council property

  • upload your supporting documents
  • pay the application fee using a Visa or Mastercard

Alternatively, you can use the hard copy form.

A well-made application that meets the guidelines and the applicable fees are paid can be processed within five working days. For applications that are incomplete or require further information, it may take up to 20 working days.

Construction work zone application

Some areas of Brisbane have restricted space for construction works. If needed a construction work zone can be created to assist with the loading and unloading of equipment and materials for a work site by temporarily occupying the road. A permit is required for construction work zones or construction loading zones.

More information

For further information, phone Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

13 June 2017