Driveways (footpath crossovers) & works in the road reserve


The driveway for a house, dual occupancy, bed & breakfast establishment or home-based business is generally self-assessable.

An operational works permit is not required for carrying out works if the following has been met:


Driveway crossover

A driveway crossover for a house, dual occupancy, bed & breakfast establishment or a home-based business is generally self-assessable if, the driveway crossover:

a) Is not:

b) Is not within:

c) Does not:

d) Is constructed of gravel (but only in a non-urban zone), reinforced concrete, bitumen or pavers; and

e) Is provided in accordance with the relevant standard drawings by Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia - Queensland Division (link in 'Related documents')

Where it is proposed to deviate from Council's standard drawing or the driveway cross over for works other than the above, an operational works permit may be required from Council prior to construction. Please contact Council's Development Services Branch for more information. 

Please refer to Toowoomba Regional Council Planning Scheme Part 9.4.6 Transport, Access and Parking Code for more information (see link in 'Related documents').

Note: Access to State controlled roads requires the approval of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.


Submitting an application

If you are going to build, repair or modify a driveway, you may be required to apply for approval first. This approval is termed an 'operational works permit for footpath crossover'. The operational works permit for footpath crossovers includes driveways and stormwater crossings within the footpath area.

How to submit an application

Online application - preferred method

Online customer service portal - Register (top right hand corner) and then select 'Development applications'.

Further information about the portal can be found in the 'Submit your development application online' article.


DA Form 1 can be emailed to

In person

DA Form 1 can be submitted in person to your local customer service centre.

Application help - site plan information assistance

The following points will assist you to ensure the plan you supply to Council has all the relevant information.

Please take note of the standard conditions.

For standard drawing examples and further information, refer to the IPWEAQ Standard Drawings.


What to do if there are existing street trees

For any activities within the road reserve, where physical excavation or any disturbance of the ground is to occur within the drip line of existing street trees, please consult with Council’s Parks & Recreation Services Branch prior to work commencing.

For further information about existing street trees and road reserve requirements and procedures, please contact the City Trees Coordinator on 131 872.


More information

For further information contact Development Services - Engineering on 131 872 or visit your nearest Customer Service Centre.

If you are unsure whether or not you are required to apply for a permit or require further specific information about driveways and works in the road reserve requirements and application process, please contact the Duty Engineer on 131 872 or visit your nearest Customer Service Centre.


Related documents

Online Customer Service Portal

IPWEAQ Standard Drawings

Planning scheme Part 9.4.6 Transport, Access and Parking Code

CL 003 Operational works permit for footpath crossovers checklist

INFO 013 Driveway and Works in the Road Reserve Information Sheet

Council's standard drawing:

Urban residential driveway - slab & tracks



The information contained in this article is a guide only. This information has been prepared by Toowoomba Regional Council to help people gain an understanding of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme.

Please consult the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme for detailed information including maps (zones, local plans, overlays and priority infrastructure plan), provisions and policies.

The content of this article is not intended to replace the provisions of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme.

Last Updated: Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:02