Construction work zone application

Find out about construction work zones and how to apply.

Construction work zones

A construction work zone is a reserved section of road space for the loading and unloading of equipment and materials to a work site. Work zones have dedicated signage and road markings and can reduce the need for multiple road closure permits. They also provide exclusive access during agreed hours.  A work zone is not suitable for storing materials, waste or equipment; this is an offence under local laws.

When a work zone is required

Work zones change the kerbside allocation to allow a construction site to have dedicated space to stand vehicles. It is an offence to contravene street signage or marked lines without written consent from Council, through the appropriate permit or certificate. 

A work zone may be used (subject to approval) for the following situations:

  • the project requires regular loading and unloading of materials for a long period of time
  • the construction is the length of the property
  • there is limited property access
  • the road frontage has dedicated usage such as paid parking, bus zone, taxi zone, shared bikeways or commercial loading zones.

Work zones can work in conjunction with other permits. A temporary lane or road closure can be used to close an additional lane or shoulder around your work zone for a specific, short term activity such as a concrete pour or crane lift. There may also be the need to close or occupy the footpath, or erect fencing or a gantry. Complete the Application/notice to work on Council property online form for any of these activities.


The fees for work zones comprises of:

  • installing and removing signs, poles, and possible line markings
  • the road rental per linear meter
  • the assessment fee.

Please refer to the Schedule of Fees and Charges for current rates.

Paid parking – If the work zone restricts the operations of paid parking, applicants will be required to reimburse Council for lost parking revenue.

Heavy vehicles – The standing of heavy vehicles, multiple deliveries and/or tight manoeuvring can cause excessive wear and tear to infrastructure. Council officers may direct the work zone applicant or primary beneficiary of the work zone, to repair damage or subsidence caused by the construction activities. Or Brisbane City Council may choose to recover full or partial repair costs from the applicant or primary beneficiary when restoring the road to its previous kerbside allocation.

How to apply

Each work zone is unique and requires a detailed assessment and quote from Council.

Please complete an online application for Temporary lane or road closure and tick the box for work zones. Alternatively, complete a hard copy form.

An assessor will review your application and traffic management plan for suitability.

After your application has been assessed you will be sent a Payment Letter of Acceptance with a breakdown of costs. If you wish to proceed, simply sign and return the letter. If Council does not receive a signed acceptance within 20 working days, the application is assumed withdrawn and no further action is required.

More information

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

Last updated: 1 July 2022

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