Work on roads and footways

Brisbane City Council supports work on Council property such as roads and footways 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 require approval and how to apply using the Application/Notice to Work on Council Property. Note: there are separate requirements for footpath dining.

When you need approval

You require approval to work on, or use, Council property, such as roads and footways, for the activities listed in the table.

Table provides information about works and when you need approval.
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, but excludes driveway, deposit material and all roaDd opening permits

When approval not required

You do not require approval for depositing equipment and materials, or temporary use of a footway, for less than 48 hours when:

  • it is outside the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD - refer to the City Centre shown in Appendix C of the schedule of fees and charges for definition of 'CBD')
  • the work is not on a main road.

You must leave the following distance from the property alignment or kerb 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

You must pay an application fee (shown in the table below) when your lodge your Application/Notice to Work on Council property.

Following approval of some application types, a permit fee may be payable.

Small business fee reduction

If you run a small business, you may be eligible for a small business fee reduction.

This table provides a summary of application type, application fee and small business fee reduction.
Application type Application fee Small business fee reduction
Residential driveway that requires full assessment (including on-site inspection)

$189.10

No discount
Residential driveway - self-assessable $81.60 No discount
Commercial driveway $590 No discount
Footway - construct or repair footpath $150.25 No discount
Planter box $150.25 No discount
Crossover kerb and channel $150.25 No discount
Excavate the roadway/footway $150.25 No discount
Connect to Council stormwater drainage $150.25 No discount
Temporary use of footway $150.25 No discount
Deposit equipment or materials on the footway $150.25 No discount
Hoarding and gantry $150.25 No discount
Display or storage of goods on roadway or footway $81.60 50% for new applications
10% for existing sites

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.

Council calculates the permit fee using the following rates:

This table provides a summary of zone, unit and permit fee for display of goods on road or footway.
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 $22 $15.45
Zone B - Major Centre Each square metre of space utilised under the permit per month $8.20 $7.60
Zone C - Other areas Each square metre of space utilised under the permit per month $4.20 $3.80

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

This table provides a summary of zone, unit, permit fee for display of goods on road or footway and small business fee reduction.
Zone Unit Permit fee for display or storage of goods on road or footway Small business fee reduction
Zone A - City Centre (does not include the Queen Street or Valley Malls) Each square metre of space occupied under the permit each year $467.95 50% for new applications
10% for existing sites
Zone B - Major Centre Each square metre of space occupied under the permit each year $211.35 50% for new applications
10% for existing sites
Zone C - Other areas Each square metre of space occupied under the permit each year $126.55 50% for new applications
10% for existing sites

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

Complete the Application/notice to Work on Council Property online form, and:

  • upload your supporting documents
  • pay the application fee using Visa or MasterCard.

Alternatively, you can use the hard copy form.

Council can process a well-made application within five working days. The application must meet the guidelines and all applicable fees are paid. 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, Council can create a construction work zone to assist with loading and unloading equipment and materials for a work site by temporarily occupying the road. You require a permit for construction work zones or construction loading zones.

More information

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

Last updated:25 June 2019