Road, footpath & drainage approvals

You need to obtain permission (consent) from us for any works or activities on a pubic roadway or footpath / nature strip. If you are planning to undertake this type of work or activity, you’ll need to contact us for approval to ensure:

  • The work is carried out safely
  • There is no impact on traffic
  • Public assets are maintained

If you are proposing to do roadwork or drainage on private land as part of an approved development, you may need to obtain an Engineering Certificate. The conditions of your development consent will indicate if you need one.

The Type of works or activities requiring approval include those shown below. Click on the boxes for more information.

Driveway information is available on our Common Application Types page.


Closing a road

You need to apply if you want to close a road on a temporary or permanent basis.

Temporary Road Closure Permit

Use this form for:

  • Temporary road closure in relation to an activity.

We’ll assess the impact on the community, public safety and suitability of traffic control plans.

Gloucester: Activity Application(PDF, 43KB)

Great Lakes: Request for Consent to Carry Out a Section 138 Roads Activity - Hoarding(PDF, 83KB)

Manning Region: Temporary Road Closure Permit(PDF, 750KB)

Closure of a Public Road

As well as being the road authority for all council public roads, we are also responsible for the care and control of many Crown Public roads.

Anyone can apply to have a public road permanently closed.  Agreement of adjoining owners and affected public authorities will be required.

Please contact Council to discuss your proposal. Should you wish to pursue the closure of a Public Road, an application to close and purchase the road can be sent to you by mail or email.



Engineering Construction Certificates

An Engineering Construction Certificate is required for major civil infrastructure works with a value greater than $25,000.

Civil works are generally associated with sub-divisions and include road construction, kerb & gutter, drainage, lighting, traffic control devices and footpaths.

The conditions of your development consent will indicate if you need an Engineering Construction Certificate.

Use this form for:

  • Constructing or re-constructing a road, footpath or drainage. 
  • Construction works associated with subdivision of land.

Gloucester: Planning & Building Application Form(PDF, 364KB)

Great Lakes: Subdivision Construction Certificate Application(PDF, 81KB) or Public Engineering Works Permit Application(PDF, 79KB)

Manning Region: Engineering Works Construction Certificate Application(PDF, 689KB)

Enquiries

Enquiries can be directed to our Projects and Engineering department on 6591 7222 or council@midcoast.nsw.gov.au.



Naming roads and bridges

Roads, bridges and places are given names to assist in identification of a property or location.  Official names must be registered with the NSW Geographical Names Board (GNB).

In considering a naming request we will consult with local community and the GNB.

Use this form to:

Make a naming request for a road, reserve, park or building.

Gloucester and Manning Regions: Road, Reserve, Park or Building Naming Submission(PDF, 735KB)

Great Lakes Region: New Road Name Application(PDF, 53KB)



Public stock grids and gates

Gloucester and Great Lakes Regions:

You need to submit according to the relevant policy for your region.  Please contact your local council office.

Manning Region:

Use this form to:

Apply to install a Public Gate (which is to comprise a stock grid and gate) to control stock movement.

Public Gate Permit(PDF, 750KB)

DS107 Stock Grid & Gate for road Categories 1 to 5(PDF, 769KB)



Stormwater

An application for stormwater drainage work is required if you are:

  • Connecting a private drain with a public drain.  
  • Connecting stormwater drainage to a kerb and gutter, drainage easement or watercourse.
  • Carrying out work associated with on-site detention of stormwater.

As this work may have an impact on Council's drainage infrastructure we need to ensure that construction complies with the relevant standards. We need to make sure that our drainage system can handle the additional water without causing flooding problems. We also need to assess water quality to protect the health of our waterways.

How do I apply?

You can apply by lodging a stormwater application in person or by mail.

Gloucester: Activity Application(PDF, 43KB)

Great Lakes: Request for Consent to Carry Out a Section 138 Roads Activity - Hoarding(PDF, 83KB)

Manning Region: Stormwater Connection Application(PDF, 751KB)

You will need to submit your completed application form with a detailed stormwater drainage plan.



Work in or on a road reserve

We are the roads authority for all roads and bridges in our local area except for the Pacific Highway; Martin Bridge; Dawson River Bridge or Killawarra Bridge. These are the responsibility for the NSW Roads & Maritime Services.

If you want to erect a structure or carry out work in, on or over a public road you will need to obtain approval from the roads authority.  The roads authority will ensure that any work or activity complies with the relevant standards and that the safety of all road users is protected.

Depending on the type of work, you may need to use one of the following applications:

Engineering Works Construction Certificate

An Engineering Works Construction Certificate is required for major civil works associated with development consent. Major works typically, but not always, refers to work to a value greater than $25,000.

Use this form for:

  • Constructing or re-constructing a road, footpath or drainage.
  • Construction works associated with subdivision of land.

Works typically include road or footpath construction, kerb and gutter, drainage, lighting and traffic control devices.

Gloucester region : Planning & Building Application Form(PDF, 364KB)

Great Lakes region: Subdivision Construction Certificate Application(PDF, 78KB)

Great Lakes region: Public Engineering Works Permit Application(PDF, 79KB)

Manning region: Engineering Works Construction Certificate Application(PDF, 689KB)

Minor Works in a Road Reserve (Section 138, Roads Act)

Works in Road Reserve refers to anything that disturbs the existing surface of a road or footpath. Minor typically, but not always, refers to work to a value less than $25,000.

Use this form for:

  • Works requiring excavation and restoration of a public road or footpath.
  • Digging trenches or holes within a footpath or road.
  • Installing a structure such as a sign, public seating or artwork.

Gloucester region : Application to Undertake Works on Public Land(PDF, 144KB)

Great Lakes region: Request for Consent to Carry Out a Section 138 Roads Activity - Hoarding(PDF, 83KB)

Manning region: Minor Works in Road Reserve Permit Application – Road Act 138(PDF, 750KB)

Work Zone Permit (Section 138, Roads Act)

Work Zone Permits allows temporary use of a public road, footpath or parking space. They are required when working in areas where there is a high pedestrian traffic and a high demand for parking. This includes areas within town centres.

Works typically include:

  • Work on shopfronts such a painting, installing signage or hoardings.  
  • Swinging or hoisting a crane over the road.
  • Placing a skip or bulk waste bin on the road or footpath.

Gloucester: Activity Application Form(PDF, 43KB)

Great Lakes: Request for Consent to Carry Out a Section 138 Roads Activity - Hoarding(PDF, 83KB)

Manning Region: Work Zone Permit(PDF, 748KB)