Driveway technical standards | Brisbane City Council

Driveway technical standards


Driveways must not exceed the maximum gradient level of one in four inside the property boundary and one in six outside the property boundary. The rate of change in a driveway gradient is a maximum of one in 12 slope for a minimum length of one metre. Recommended gradients are set out in Brisbane City Council’s standard drawings (refer to BSD-2024 and BSD-2025).

If the cross fall of a driveway is severe and embankments are steeper than one in four, retaining walls may be required. Refer to Part 4.0 Steep Lots in Council's Subdivision and Development Guidelines Part B Chapter 6 Vehicular Property Access.

To find out the maximum fall per metre, select your proposed grade from the list.

Driveway gradient Maximum fall per metre
Maximum fall per metre

Load and materials

Details for driveway loads and materials are:

Concrete surfaces:

  • N25 strength in accordance with AS1379 and AS3600
  • expansion joints must be 10 mm thick, full depth closed cell cross-linked polyethylene foam (85-150 kg/m³)
  • slab must be 125 mm thick
  • preferred surface finishes are stencilled concrete or broom finished concrete.

Asphalt (permitted in non-urban areas only):

  • at least 50 mm thick compacted roadbase under asphalt cover
  • asphalt cover must be at least 100 mm thick.

Clay or concrete pavers:

  • at least 40 mm thick
  • at least 100 mm thick compacted sub-base
  • must be concreted to base.

Standard drawings

To assist with the construction of driveways, Council has produced standard drawings for:

  • BSD-2001 Kerb profiles
  • BSD-2023 Vehicle crossing (driveway)
  • BSD-2021 Vehicle crossing (driveway) - other than single dwelling and rear allotment access
  • BSD-2022 Vehicle crossing (driveway) - single dwelling
  • BSD-2024 Vehicle crossing (driveway) - grades 3.75m verge
  • BSD-2025 Vehicle crossing (driveway) - grades 4.25m verge
  • BSD-5201 Concrete footpath
  • BSD-5202 Concrete footpath - full width.
19 October 2018