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

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


Closing of a public road

You need to apply if you want Council to close a public 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.

Temporary Road Closure Permit(PDF, 750KB)

Closure of a Public Road

MidCoast Council is the road authority for all Council public roads. Only an owner of land adjoining the road proposed for closure can apply to have it permanently closed. Should you wish to pursue the permanent closure of a road, written agreement of the owners of all private property adjoining the road to be closed is to be included with the application. You can discuss your proposal, and have an application and information sheet sent to you by mail or email, by contacting Council's Senior Surveyor, Transport Assets on 6591 7222.



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 or bridge.

Road and bridge naming application(PDF, 1MB)

Road and bridge naming guideline(PDF, 195KB)



Public stock grids and gates

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

Application for Public Stock Grid & Gate(PDF, 828KB)

SD106 Public Stock Grid & Gate (PDF, 786KB)



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.

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

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 Council as the roads authority.  Council 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:

Subdivision Construction Certificate (SCC)

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

A Subdivision 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, drainage or any other works associated with subdivision of land.

Subdivision Construction Certificate (SCC) Application(PDF, 866KB)

Public Engineering Works Permit (PEWP)

A Public Engineering Works Permit (PEWP) may be required for major civil works within a road reserve associated with development consent. The conditions of your development consent will indicate if you need one. 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, drainage or any other works.

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

Public Engineering Works Permit (PEWP) Application(PDF, 865KB)

Section 138 Road activity approval

Works in a road reserve require approval under Section 138 of the Roads Act and 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.

Application to carry out a Section 138 road activity(PDF, 1MB)

Erect hoarding or occupy a work zone approval

Temporary use of a public road, footpath or parking space requires approval under Section 138 of the Roads Act and is especially 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.

Application to erect hoarding or occupy a work zone(PDF, 1MB)



Driveways

A driveway application is required for every driveway cross-over that connects a property with the roadway. As this work is on public land we need to ensure that construction complies with the relevant standards.  We also need to ensure that the safety of all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, is protected both during and after construction. 

Use this form to apply for consent to construct a driveway.

Driveway Application(PDF, 888KB)

You will need to submit your completed application form with a detailed plan to confirm that your proposal complies with the relevant standard drawing.

Driveway standard drawing are available here.

A Guideline is available with regard to Driveway Crossing(PDF, 272KB).