Expectations of the property owner and the construction industry

Council relies on the property owner and members of the construction industry to accurately assess the driveway in accordance with Council's Town Planning requirements and technical standards in order to not impact on existing essential services, the community and the environment.

You do not require Council approval if all of the below apply:

  • the proposal is the first and only driveway to service the property;
  • the driveway is between 3.0 - 5.5 metres wide in a residential area or 3.5 - 6.0 metres wide to a commercial/industrial site;
  • the driveway does not involve altering the existing verge levels;
  • the driveway achieves the following setbacks from the following above ground infrastructure:
    • the crossover apron is a minimum 600mm clear from stormwater infrastructure and the side boundary;
    • the crossover apron is a minimum 500mm clear from any regulatory/warning signage and electrical distribution pillars; and
    • the crossover apron is a minimum 1.0m clear of street lights and power poles.
  • the driveway does not require the removal of street trees, parking meters, water maters, traffic islands, bus stops;
  • the driveway and crossover does not require the incorporation of sluice valves, hydrants, stormwater or other Council infrastructure;
  • the driveway is 9.0 metres clear of a minor road intersection or 18m clear of a major road intersection; and
  • the driveway and crossover complies with the FNQROC Development Manual Standard Drawings in the Technical Standards section.

One exception to the above is where the first driveway to service a property requires the removal of one single street tree which may be relocated to another part of the property frontage, the property owner/applicant's representative may apply for a Local Law Permit for the Alteration of a Local Government Managed Roads.

If you cannot meet all the above items, you must apply for an Operational Works application.

Where an existing driveway and crossover services the property and there are other non-habitable structures such as garages/carports on the property, the additional driveway to service this structure is subject to Council approval and will be assessed against Council requirements and technical standards.

Other structures which may be associated driveway proposals such as retaining walls, paths to gatehouses, garbage bin hardstands etc. are also subject to Council approval, as above.

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Last updated: 03 September 2019