A Road Permit is required to carry out certain activities within road reserves in the Ipswich City Council (ICC) area. A road reserve is the area from property boundary to property boundary including the verges, footpaths, shoulders, traffic lanes, and median.
Permits are issued pursuant to the Local Government Act 2009. Carrying out such activities without a permit is illegal, and may result in a fine of up to 200 penalty units. Activities carried out in breach of a condition of a permit may result in a fine of up to 40 penalty units.
Permit applications can be submitted using the online form and must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the requested permit period to allow for processing. Please ensure all necessary sections are completed and documents attached. Applications that are incorrect or incomplete will not be processed until all required information has been received.
Some road reserves within the ICC area are State Controlled Roads (SCRs), and separate permission must be obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) for activities within SCRs, refer to list of State Controlled Roads (PDF, 20.7 KB). Where the activity impacts both ICC and DTMR roads, permits are required from both authorities.
Note: Council waives their right to receive notice of works under Schedule 3, Clause 19 (1) (a)-(d) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 that do not involve breaking the surface of the road reserve.
NOTE: All Road Permits are issued to The Applicant (e.g. the organisation conducting the works – principal contractor or the organisers of an event). Any Public Liability Insurance associated with the permit must be held by The Applicant (not a sub-contractor).
A Traffic Management Company may apply on behalf of The Applicant, if it has been authorised to do so, but details of the applicant MUST be provided.
Annual Permits are only issued by invitation to utility service providers to enable regular maintenance works only on existing infrastructure.
Once an Annual Permit has been issued, Council is only to be notified of any works being carried out on existing infrastructure within the service corridor.
NOTE: The Permit Holder will be invoiced for a First Compliance Inspection fee for each notification.
Annual permit holders wishing to install new infrastructure or replace existing infrastructure (with the exception of fixture replacement) must complete a New Application to cover the associated works.
Service authorities or their nominated sub-contractors may wish to receive (free of charge) Pre-Lodgement Design Advice from Council prior to lodging permit applications. A formal response letter will be generated - this is not approval for the works to proceed, all applicable permits will need to be obtained prior to commencing works.
NOTE: When applying for free Pre-Lodgement Design Advice at least 20 business days must be given, longer for large or complex projects.
A detailed description of all proposed works is to be submitted where applicable.
Descriptions such as 'excavating road' are not acceptable. An example of an acceptable description would be "excavating trench across road to install conduits for new 11kV cabling, work to be staged across road one lane at a time, trenches to be plated and trafficable after hours".
A site plan indicating location of proposed work is required. Other marked up plans or drawings are also useful such as any proposed earthworks or temporary structures.
A Road Permit is required for activities that do not involve breaking the surface of the road reserve, but DO involve altering or disrupting the normal flow of traffic (including vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and mobility devices).
Traffic Management MUST be carried out by a company registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads Traffic Management Registration Scheme. The Register of Traffic Management Organisations can be viewed on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Traffic management must be implemented onsite by suitably trained and qualified people employed by the registered traffic management company, in accordance with the current version of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Part 3.
NOTE: Schemes that do not comply with the MUTCD may delay processing of the application.
Minor activities confined solely to the footpath or verge that do not divert pedestrians onto the shoulder or traffic lanes, and maintain sufficient space, adequate surfaces and protection for pedestrians to pass safely, do not require a Traffic Control Permit. Example activities include short term storage of construction or landscaping materials (less than 12 hours, with groundsheet protection for grassed areas, formed footpaths not impeded), opening manholes, pits or other structures for inspection by small work-crews (with any associated vehicles legally parked on the road).
The Applicant must hold a current Public Liability Insurance (PLI) policy with a minimum cover of $20 million throughout the permit period. The insurance company must be licensed to operate in Australia. The Applicant must provide evidence of insurance to Council with the application.
If The Applicant is unable to comply with any of the Standard Conditions they must state which number/s they can’t comply with and include an explanation for each outlining the reason/s why they are unable to comply.
The Standard Conditions are:
Invoices will be issued according to the details provided in the application.
Refer to Council's Fees and Charges.
Standard and Non-Standard works and traffic control are defined below for the purpose of calculation of fees and charges:
If the following apply:
That not defined under Standard – Works such as:
If ALL of the following apply:
That not defined under Standard – Traffic Control such as:
If the following apply:
Works and reinstatement are to be carried out in accordance with Ipswich City Councils relevant Standard Drawings. Commonly referred standard drawings include SR.22, SR.23, SR.43, SR.44, SP.11 and SP.107.
To apply via the online application form – Click Here to be taken to the MyIpswich Portal.
Online application forms will submit straight to Council. Please make a record of the reference number of your online application.
Downloadable Road Permits Application Form
Completed downloadable application forms are to be sent to Ipswich City Council preferably via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by mail to:
Ipswich City Council
PO Box 191
Ipswich QLD 4305
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