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Driveway Safety

Every year in Australia around 50 children are run over in the driveway of their family home.

The sad fact is small children can be impossible to see from inside a car, especially if they are immediately behind it. It only takes an instant for a toddler to move into the path of a moving vehicle. While the circumstances are always awful, it’s worth remembering many of these deaths and injuries can be avoided.

The best preventative measure will always be direct supervision - always hold your child’s hand or hold them close where ever there is a moving vehicle, this includes car parks and when walking past residential driveways.

Driveways and yards which are used by cars and trucks are like small roads and should never be considered safe ‘play’ areas for children.

All care should be taken by drivers of reversing vehicle in home driveways, on the street and in shopping centre car parks.

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Driveway Guidelines and Specifications

The provision and maintenance of a vehicular access driveway from the property boundary to the kerb and gutter or the edge of road seal is the responsibility of the property owner. However, any work undertaken by private owners on Council roads requires written approval.

Section 138 of the Road Act 1993 requires council consent for works on road reserves (local roads), which includes driveways, footpaths, retaining walls and gardens.

This process is necessary to ensure such works comply with the many Australian Standards and Policies that enable works to be safe and practicable for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

It should be noted that driveways and other works placed in the road reserve without Council approval may need to be removed if deemed to be a safety or public liability risk.

How to Proceed

  1. Download a copy of the Driveway Access to Property (84kB PDF).
  2. Read the form carefully and prepare the information requested. If in doubt, call Council on (02) 6670 2400.
  3. To lodge the application refer to New Electronic Lodgement System - No Hard Copies Required for Most Applications at:
  4. Council staff may contact you after inspecting the site and reviewing your plans, they may request more information or amendments. Submit these promptly. Note: Do not start work yet.
  5. Once formal approval (Notice of Approval to Construct a Driveway Access on a Public Road) is received by you, implement the devices and precautions you nominated in your Work Safety Plan and Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan. Make sure all public utilities are adequately located and protected and then commence site excavation or filling. Ensure that you maintain site management controls as you progress.
  6. Prepare the driveway in accordance with Driveway Construction Specification (62kB PDF) which is provided with the Approval in (5) above. When you are at least 24 hours away from pouring concrete, and prior to ordering the concrete delivery, contact Council on (02) 6670 2400 and request an inspection of the formwork and reinforcing steel you have placed.
  7. Council's inspector, on arrival, will check your work for compliance and may require you to alter the formwork and steel you have placed, or advise you to proceed with the concrete pour and issue a Preparation lnspection Certificate.
  8. After a satisfactory Preparation lnspection Certificate is issued, complete the driveway construction work, restore the footpath to its prior condition, and remove all surplus materials, barriers, and waste from the site. Council's inspector may make a final inspection to ensure compliant completion.

In addition to the above two documents the Driveway Access to Property - Design Specification Policy (310kB PDF) is also available for your information.

Once the application is approved you will be provided with a Notice of Approval to Construct a Driveway Access on a Public Road and any other conditions or requirements that are relative to your driveway.

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