Do I need a Road Opening / Drainage Connection / Works in Road Reserve Permit?
It is a requirement of the Shire’s Community Amenity Local Law 2022, Works on Council Land or Roads to obtain a permit to undertake any works on a road or Council land and it is a requirement of the Road Management Act 2004 to obtain written consent of the coordinating road authority to conduct any works in, on, under or over a road. This permit is also required for drainage connections into Council drainage infrastructure within easements or road reserves (e.g. drainage pits, pipes and culverts) and is required for domestic service connections if works are undertaken within the road reserve or Council land. For more information on the Shire’s Community Amenity Local Law 2022 or to access a copy, please see the Local law detail page.
Why do I need a Road Opening / Drainage Connection / Works in Road Reserve Permit?
The purpose of the permit is to protect public safety, minimise damage to natural and built community assets and to ensure that works and reinstatement of the road complies with the relevant Shire construction standards and specifications. To view or access a copy of the Standard relevant to your proposal, see Section 8 of the Shire's Civil Engineering Standard Drawings.
An Authorised Officer will conduct inspections for the duration of the works to ensure:
- Compliance with the permit and any associated conditions
- Construction and reinstatement complies with the relevant Shire construction standards and specifications
- Public safety is not impacted by the works
- Any damage to community assets is repaired and paid for
- The road reserve and any built or natural assets are reinstated to their original condition
Do I need any other Permits or Approvals?
Generally speaking, the 'road reserve' is divided between the roadway (which includes the road shoulders, kerb and channel, and lanes used by traffic) and the roadside (which includes footpaths, nature strips and any grasslands or landscaped areas where they exist).
You must apply to the relevant Coordinating Road Authority for consent to perform works within the Road Reserve and this may be the Shire and/or VicRoads/Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) based on the type of road:
- Municipal Roads - Council is the Coordinating Road Authority for the entire road reserve.
- Arterial Roads - Council is the Coordinating Road Authority for the Roadside, and VicRoads/DTP are the Coordinating Road Authority for the roadway.
- Freeways (e.g. Peninsula Link and Mornington Peninsula Freeway) - VicRoads/DTP are the Coordinating Road Authority for the entire road reserve.
To check if your road is an 'arterial road' managed by VicRoads/DTP, see the map of VicRoads Declared Roads(PDF, 83KB) and for more information on applying for consent to excavate a road, see the VicRoads website. If you are unsure who the relevant authority is for your proposed works, please contact us on 5950 1040 to discuss.
You may be required to submit a Traffic Management Plan to the Shire for review and approval e.g. for road or footpath closures or traffic detours. If your works are on a VicRoads Arterial Road, they must comply with VicRoads/DTP consent and traffic management requirements. For more information on when a Traffic Management Plan is required, VicRoads requirements and how to submit an assessment, please see Traffic Management Plans.