Before installing a driveway or access to a property, an application form must be made to Council so that levels can be set for grading and drainage purposes. A fee applies if the driveway is a second access.
Application forms should be submitted at least five working days before construction commences, so as to allow Council’s Design Office to inspect the area, take levels and design a suitable grade for the crossover.
Details on how to apply to construct a permanent crossover or driveway at your property.Preview...Hide...
An application is to be made to Council when a concrete crossover/driveway or a new or additional driveway is to be installed.
Types of driveways covered by the application form include:-
- Concrete the driveway (normal driveway);
- Construct an exposed aggregate driveway (like a pebble tex driveway);
- Construct a crossover (a culvert type driveway);
- Construct an industrial crossover (for an industrial business where large trucks need to use the driveway and a stronger driveway is required); and
- Construct an additional access (where there is already an access and another access is to be put in).
When an application is made, Council Technical Officers will set the levels for the driveway for drainage purposes and also check for any Council services, i.e. water pipes, that might be under the driveway location. Applicants will receive notification of approval by post but may proceed with works once the “white pegs” or level markers have been set. Applicants should contact Dial Before You Dig on 1100 before doing any work to make sure there are no underground services in the area to be excavated.
Council does not set levels for a Material Change of Use (MCU) application. The plans issued by the designer should show the levels for all crossovers at a scale of 1:50 and these will be assessed by Council.
A fee only applies if the applicant requires an additional access to the property.
Who to Contact
If you would like to install any of the above…
Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.
You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.
Customer Service Centre Location 145 Young Street,
Ayr QLD 4807
Postal Address PO Box 974
Ayr QLD 4807
Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays) Phone 07 4783 9800 – Business hours
07 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
Fax 07 4783 9999 SMS 0437 886 008 Online Use the Online Contact Form Building Certification and Plumbing Officers Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
Answers to questions frequently asked about Crossovers and Driveways.Preview...Hide...
I’ve made application to Council for a cross-over. What happens now?
After your application is received by Council, Technical Officers will visit the site and take levels to determine the existing grades between the crown of the road and the location of the crossover. If levels can be set on-site, usually white pegs are placed in the ground offset from either side of the proposed crossover. When the levels are too steep, Council will liase with the applicant for the best possible outcome.
What Council fees are applicable?
There is no fee for a first crossover, but an additional crossover at the same property will attract a fee which can be found in Council’s latest Fees and Charges.
What are the minimum specifications for a standard residential concrete crossover?
The crossover should have a minimum thickness of 100 mm, using at least 25 mPa concrete and F72 mesh reinforcement. The minimum width of a standard residential crossover is four meters with the maximum 6 metres.
What are the minimum specifications for a standard industrial concrete crossover?
Counci’s Design Office will assess each application as it comes to hand. It will normally be installed using a higher strength concrete and have a greater minimum thickness than a standard residential crossover due to the nature of the vehicles that will be using it.
Who pays for any civil works involved in constructing the crossover?
The customer pays for all works associated with constructing the crossover including any applicable fee to Council. Private contractors can be engaged to construct the crossover for you.