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Road opening permits

Council approval is necessary if you intend to carry out any excavation works on a Council owned asset, road, footpath or reserve. This may be for connecting or accessing a public utility service such as electricity, gas, telecommunications or storm water.

If a road opening is required on a state road, please contact the Roads and Maritime Services on 132 213 for a permit.  

What are the permit conditions?  

Dial Before You Dig

To avoid damage to underground services and drains, a Dial Before You Dig report needs to be supplied when you lodge your application with us. This free service can be obtained online or by calling 1100.

Safety and Traffic Control

The permit holder is responsible for public safety and must comply to Australian Standard legislation in relation to Safety and Traffic Control.

Silt Control Devices

Silt Control devices must be installed to prevent contamination of Council's stormwater systems.

For more information contact our Environment Section on 4645 4000 or the Environment Protection Authority on 131 555.

Backfill Openings

All openings need to be backfilled to Council specification related to the type of asset affected.

How to apply for a permit

  • Complete the Application for Road/Footpath Opening form(176KB, PDF)
  • Obtain a Dial Before You Dig report, site safety and traffic control plans - these will need to be supplied with your application.
  • Lodge your application at least 48 hours prior to intended works at our Customer Service Front Counter.

Associated costs apply for this permit - please refer to our Fees and Charges.

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