Apply for a construction permit

Apply to occupy a road and/or footpath

Guidelines for your Occupy Council Road and/or Footpath Permit

Apply for an Occupy Council Road and/or Footpath Permit

  • A minimum of 5 business days is required for all applications (There must be 5 business days between applying and date of works. Apply Thursday to work the following Friday).
  • All relevant fees to be paid in full prior to the activity taking place. This also applies to change of date applications.
  • There will be no refund or credit of fees where an application is unsuccessful.
  • Changes to parking meters and any excavation requires a minimum of 10 business days’ notice. (There must be 10 business days between applying and date of works).
  • Independent applications are required for multiple activities in separate locations or dates.

Before you commence the application form, you may need to have the following documents and supporting material ready to submit to Council:

  • accurate description of works
  • start and finish dates
  • permit numbers of any previous permits for the works
  • DA number if works associated with a DA
  • measurements of the affected area(s), including whole site with Traffic Management included · Any affected parking, including parking Meter and Bay ID’s (go here for assistance with locating the Meter and Bay IDs)
  • specifications (measurements, weight etc) of any plant, machinery or vehicles used in the works
  • community notification letter draft
  • public liability insurance certificate
  • traffic guidance scheme (if required)
  • road occupancy licence (if required)
  • swept paths for any heavy vehicles (if required)
  • police approval (if required)
  • schedule of works if requesting Out of Hours works
  • written correspondence if works affect neighbours, taxis, buses
  • photos of the site (if required)

Stand plant, building materials and mobile structures

To ensure public access and safety is maintained, a permit is required to place plant equipment, building materials or mobile structures on a footpath, and to close any portion of a road or footpath in order to do so. 

You need an Occupy a Council Road and/or Footpath Permit to place any of the below in a public place:

  • building materials
  • mobile structure
  • mobile crane
  • cherry picker
  • truck crane
  • concrete boom pump
  • travel tower
  • boom lift
  • or other similar piece of equipment used for construction or maintenance work.

Skip bins

To place a skip in a public area such as on a footpath or road an Occupy a Council Road and/or Footpath Permit is required.

Skips in public areas must be positioned safely and not block access or visibility for cars and pedestrians. If you have concerns about the placement of a skip, contact Council.

Street openings

A street opening is defined as opening a road surface or paving area, a footpath, or a nature strip. An Occupy a Council Road and/or Footpath Permit is required for this.

Temporary road openings are allowed by North Sydney Council for construction work, special events and so on.