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Road reserves

Any land between the property boundary and the road is identified by Council as a road reserve. Road reserves are Council land and any works that fall within it must be approved by Council before commencement.

These works may include, but not be limited to:

  • Road opening, access, under-boring or any disturbance to the road or road reserve surface.
  • Footpath occupation by such items as cranes, hoarding, skip bins, etc.
  • Footpath, private utilities, landscape works, ramps, pipes, connections to roads
  • Connection of stormwater drainage to the kerb and gutter or to Councils stormwater infrastructure.
  • Connection of proposed public roads to existing roads.
  • Permanent balconies and awnings, overhead crossings, encroachments by car parking spaces and posts.
  • Installation or construction of private utility to a public utility.
  • Driveway construction or driveway removal.

Download the Works on Public Infrastructure (roads, drainage and driveways) Application Form from our A-Z forms page.

Please make sure that you submit all documentation relevant to the application, even if previously assessed under a DA or other application. This will ensure our processing times are efficient with no unnecessary holdups.

Send completed application form along with all necessary supporting documentation to:

  • Email: council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au
  • Mail to:
    • PO Box 42, Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324
  • In person to:
    • Port Stephens Council Administration Building, 116 Adelaide Street, Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324

Ensure your application is addressed to: Development Engineering Team.

Fees will be calculated based on Councils fees and charges and will depend on proposed works included in the plans. Applicants can submit a proposal of works and a plan to receive a quote before lodgement.

An invoice for the application will be issued and must be paid before the assessment can begin.

Developer works in progress

This map shows where there is current developer works being undertaken:

Additional information:

  • Processing time is approximately 21 business days from formal lodgment to approval.
  • Please make sure you submit all documentation relevant to the application, even if previously assessed under a DA or other application. This will ensure our processing times are efficient with no unnecessary hold ups.
  • Any information not submitted or addressed adequately at the time of lodgment may result in further information requests, additional fees, and subsequent delays of approval

Contact Details
Development Engineering Team
Phone: (02) 4988 0409
Email: Development.Engineering@portstephens.nsw.gov.au