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I want to install a driveway

To ensure the correct construction of a domestic or industrial driveway takes place, everyone is required to follow the driveway application process.

Council implements conditions outlined in the Roads Act 1993, which states that, "the owner of land adjoining a public road is liable... for the construction and repair of any special crossing over a footway for the traffic of vehicles across the footway to or from the land". View the Engineering works Council's Fees and charges for costs.

Frequently asked questions

The DA approval relates to the section of driveway within your property; the driveway application covers the section from your property boundary to the road.

All driveways from property boundary to the road (road reserve) require a driveway application prior to construction, reconstruction and or widening.

Port Stephens Council will undertake an inspection and provide specifications required for your driveway construction.

Yes - any change to the width, levels or structure of your driveway will need to be approved by Council – see question 1.

View the Engineering works Council's Fees and charges for costs.

On its return, the application will be directed to the Facilities & Services Officer (FSO) for your area who will conduct a site inspection.

We will send you the approval to proceed including the relevant standard drawings and any site specific requirements.

You may now construct your driveway.

Once complete call us on (02) 4988 0255 to arrange a final inspection.

From there, we will send you written confirmation that your driveway is constructed to Council standard or we will call you to discuss what needs to be done to meet that standard.

Yes, there is a box you can check on the application form and once received the FSO will contact you to arrange a time to meet.

Yes - unless reinforcement can be proven footpaths/cycleways that do not have any reinforcement will need to be pulled up and replaced as part of the driveway construction. If required you will be notified in your approval letter.

Any non-slip finish will be accepted; please note that there are varieties of pebblecrete that are no longer acceptable. For specific surfaces please call on (02) 4988 0255.

No - Council do not routinely carry out a formwork inspection; if you are concerned that your formwork may not be correct please call and we can work with you, it is much easier to correct mistakes before the concrete is poured than after.

As per Council's requirements, a minimum width of 3m and maximum width of 4m is allowable, any requests for wider driveways will be assessed on a case by case basis, however there is no guarantee of Council giving approval for the additional width.

Rollover kerbs are allowed however, as part of Councils Disabilities Access Policy all driveways must have a lipless layback.

Contact your concreter or contractor and have them correct the noncompliance – most local concreters know each Council has an application process and standards that must be adhered to.

Completing an application

Please complete the following application form and return to Council.

  • Download the Works on public infrastructure (roads, drainage and driveways) application form from our A-Z forms page.

Please send driveway application documents to:

  • PO Box 42, Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324
  • Email council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au
  • In person to:
    Port Stephens Council Administraton Building,  116 Adelaide Street (Old Pacific Highway), Raymond Terrace NSW 2324

Office Hours: 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Phone: (02) 4988 0255
Fax: (02) 4987 3612

ABN: 16744377876

Please retain a copy of your application for your records.