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Builders Road/Kerb Security Deposit Bond and Road FAQ

Why does Council require a Builders Road/Kerb Security Deposit Bond?

Council requires the payment of the builders road/ kerb security deposit bond for all developments. The bond is collected to cover potential damage to Council’s infrastructure, including the kerb and gutter, road pavement, drainage works and footpaths, during the construction process. Providing no damage is incurred to these assets, the bond will be refunded upon completion of the building works. The bond is based on the value of construction works provided at lodgement of the development application and its payment will be a condition of the Development Consent.

Why does Council require a Road Damage Inspection Fee?

In order to ensure that no damage has been incurred, Council is required to carry out a road damage inspection before and after the construction process. To cover the costs associated with this service, a road damage inspection fee is required and its payment will be a condition of the Development Consent also. The road damage inspection fee is not refundable.

Payment of the Builders Road/Kerb Security Deposit Bond and Road Damage Inspection Fee

If required by the Development Consent, the builders road/ kerb security deposit bond and road damage inspection fee will need to be paid to Council prior to the issue of any construction certificate.

When paying the builder’s road/ kerb security deposit bond you must complete the application form "Builders road/kerb security deposit form" and lodge it with Council by mail, fax or in person at the Civic Centre with the bond payment. Bank guarantees are accepted.

Refund of the Builders Road/Kerb Security Deposit Bond

Providing there has been no damage to Council’s infrastructure and/or all requested repairs have been completed, the builder’s road/ kerb security deposit bond will be returned automatically when Council or the Private Accredited Certifier issues the final occupation certificate.

Refund of other Engineering Bonds (Silt & Sedimentation, Transportation, Subdivision, etc.)

Once the engineering works are complete, you may make a request in writing to Council for a bond refund, along with a copy of bond payment receipt or bank guarantee.

Vehicle Crossings/Driveways over Council Property

The vehicle crossing is the access required from the street to your property, over Council’s footpath area. Generally, every property that has a Council approved car space/s (garage/carport etc.) requires a vehicle crossing to facilitate vehicle access over the road reserve.

Standards for Vehicle Crossings

The standard width requirement for driveways is 3.0 metres. If a driveway is for a corner block, it should begin at least 6 metres from the corner. The 6 metres are measured from the tangent point of the kerb.

Council’s standard for vehicle crossings is full width plain concrete. Asphalt, pavers, coloured, exposed aggregate, pebblecrete, stencilled and stamped concrete are no longer approved on Council’s road reserve.

Making Changes to your Vehicle Crossing

An approval to construct a vehicle crossing on Council’s footpath is required under Section 138 of the Road Act 1993.

If you wish to re-instate your vehicle crossing, you will be required to lodge an application for street levels with Council.

If you wish to make changes to your vehicle access, for example you wish to change the location of the vehicular crossing; you may be required to lodge a development application to Council. This is because your existing vehicle crossing utilises an approved car parking space and you may need development approval for a new car parking space.

For more information regarding these issues, contact the Customer Service Centre, Planning and Development Enquiries. If a development application is required an application for street levels is to be made prior to the issue of any Construction Certificate.

Application for Street Levels

Before making changes to your driveway, an application for street levels form must be completed and lodged with Council by mail, or in person at the Council's Customer Service Centre with the relevant inspection fee listed in Council's fees and charges.

Once this application has been received, Council’s development engineers will carry out an inspection of the driveway and issue the appropriate levels. You must then book an inspection with Council’s Development Engineering Section before laying the formwork.

An application for street levels will only be approved when replacing an existing crossing or a condition of development consent requires the construction of a vehicle crossing.

How do I book a formwork inspection with Council?

To book a vehicle crossing formwork inspection, simply call Council’s Development Engineering Section 48 hours before the inspection. Generally, your Council approved vehicle crossing contractor arranges formwork inspections.

Driveway Profiles

If the vehicle crossing levels are issued with the Development Consent, a driveway profile reference number will be listed in your conditions of consent. To obtain a copy of the relevant profile, you can download the relevant document above. If the profile you are after is not availble, contact the Customer Service Centre, Planning and Development Enquiries.

For the reconstruction of a driveway, where a development consent was not issued, the Development Engineer will inspect the site and issue the driveway profile levels.

Who pays for the Vehicle Crossing?

Council does not fund the reconstruction of vehicle crossings. If the damage is caused by a Council asset, (tree, stormwater, etc) please send a letter to Council’s Works department for consideration of your damages claim.

Who can construct the Vehicle Crossing?

Only Council approved vehicle crossing contractors may construct vehicle crossings and undertake associated works. No one else is allowed to carry out excavation or any other part of this work.

See the list of authorised vehicle crossing contractors.

How to become an Approved Vehicle Crossing Contractor?

If you wish to become an approved vehicle crossing contractor, download the authorised vehicle crossing contractor application form. Lodge the application with Council by mail, or in person at the Council's Customer Service Centre with the relevant fees and charges.

Contractor application form

Driveways on your Property

A standard single width driveway (3 metres) on your property may be exempt development. Other variations for example, double width driveways, could be classed as car parking and will require a development application.