Building a driveway

Gaining approval to build a driveway

What to do before you start building

Driveways and other works on the road and footpath require a separate approval to a Development Application.

It is important that an approval for these civil works is obtained prior to all excavation and construction commencing on public land. Please read the following information carefully prior to submitting your Civil Works Application Form (pdf 137KB). The steps and options available for civil works on public land are outlined below. These include making payments and arranging inspections with Council.

Note: If a driveway is constructed on Council's nature strip or road reserve without a civil works approval, it may be removed by Council and the area replaced by turf at your expense.

Council driveways in residential areas are to be of a plain white concrete finish. Faux brick, tiling and similar paving do not meet the requirements of Council's policy.

Step 1: Car space approval and vehicle accessibility

The construction of a new driveway in a location where there has not been a driveway before, is always associated with some form of planning approval whether it be a Development Application (DA), Complying Development Certificate (CDC) or Exempt and Complying Development (ECD).

If you require a new driveway, then planning approval is required for an internal car space. This means that:

  1. Planning approval has been obtained for a car space or garage through a DA, CDC or ECD
  2. A supporting design is submitted to demonstrate that the car space can be accessed without scraping in accordance with Australian Standard 2890.1

The assessment against AS2890.1 shall consider the levels of the vehicle path from the centre line of the road to the car space location. Importantly, the assessment needs to make provision for footpath crossfalls not greater than 2.5% for existing footpaths or in the case when a footpath does not exist, provision should be made for a for a 1.3m wide footpath, at 2.5% crossfall, in a location 0.5m from the boundary. Further, if boundary alignment levels have been issued then the design shall comply with these levels.

Council staff will undertake the assessment in accordance with AS2890.1 in cases where you require an existing driveway to be reconstructed independently from any other works.

Step 2: Completing the application form

Once you have a planning approval for the internal car space and can demonstrate vehicle access, you may lodge the Civil Works Application Form (pdf 137KB). Please ensure that you complete all parts of the form before lodging the application with Council. Additional information that you may provide to explain or support the application will assist in the administration and processing.

For new driveways requiring planning approval, a copy of the driveway assessment demonstrating compliance with AS2890.1 should be submitted with the application.

Choice of contractor

The application provides you the choice of contractor to undertake the work.

Option 1: Selecting a Council contractor

In this case, Council designs the driveway and obtains the best price from a number of nominated contractors. You will be provided with a letter of approval and stated costs to construct the driveway. Please note that the cost will include a work quality inspection fee. All costs quoted will be inclusive of GST.

Option 2: Selecting a contractor of your choice

Should you wish to select your own contractor, Council will design the driveway send you an approval letter detailing the cost of the work quality inspection fee as well as the contractor's workmanship bond. You can select any contractor provided your choice satisfies the following requirements:

  1. $10,000,000 public liability insurance cover
  2. Prior evidence of satisfactory workmanship
  3. Ability to comply with WorkCover and Work Health and Safety (Including Traffic Control in compliance with Australian Standard 1742.3 – Traffic Control for Works on Roads)
  4. Selected contractors must be capable of completing all works shown on issued construction plans including drainage, roadworks and soft landscaping to Council's specifications

Step 3: Lodging the application form

Once you have completed your Civil works application form you will need to lodge it with the Customer Service Centre.

You will be charged an application fee as quoted on the form when lodging the application.

In order to request an on-site meeting regarding the design, please contact Council's Engineering Technical Officer on 9399 0922.

Step 4: Approval letter

Once the form has been lodged at Council and the application fee is paid, a design officer will inspect the site where the driveway is to be constructed.

A letter will be sent to you detailing costs and other important information as per your choice of Option 1 or Option 2. A sketch plan will also be provided depicting the works required. It is important that you review the letter and sketch plan thoroughly so that you understand the extent of work that is to be carried out.

The letter will also outline the fees and charges applicable to the work. Payment for the full amount can be made by cheque, bank cheque, EFTPOS, Credit Card or cash. Payments may be made in person at Council's Customer Service Centre at 30 Frances Street.

Note: At present, Council processes Civil Works Applications in approximately 15 to 20 working days.

Step 5: Constructing the driveway

Council will not permit the construction of the driveway on the road reserve until:

  1. Internal works are complete
  2. The internal driveway has been constructed or formed up to the property boundary and to the correct levels
  3. All building materials have been removed from Council's nature strip and roadway

In the case that you have selected Option 1, payment of all costs in full is required prior to commencement of work. The nominated contractor will be engaged with the work added to their existing work program. Council's delegated officer will manage the contractor and undertake necessary inspections to ensure that the works are completed in accordance with the design and to Council's standards.

In the case that you have selected Option 2, once payment of the bond and work quality inspection fee has been made, you can advise Council's Engineering Technical Officer (as stated in the approval letter). The Engineering Technical Officer will issue the design plan detailing the scope of works for the project, provided that all contractor requirements are met by your chosen contractor. The design and specifications will need to be collected from Council's Engineering Technical Officer at the following address (unless other arrangements have been made):

Randwick City Council
30 Frances Street
RANDWICK NSW 2031

Telephone: 02 9399 0922

Note: You should not pay your contractor any monies until Council has inspected the driveway and the work has been completed satisfactorily. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all of the necessary Council inspections are arranged as required.

Step 6: Refunding the workmanship bond

If you have elected to use your own contractor, then you should contact Council's Engineering Technical Officer to advise that the works have been fully completed. Council's Engineering Technical Officer will then conduct a final inspection.

Following a satisfactory inspection all relevant bonds and deposits will be processed for refund.  

You can apply for the refund via the Security Deposit Refund Application Form (pdf 96.6KB).

More information

For more information about building a driveway contact us.

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