Works on Council Property

Do you plan on undertaking works outside your property? Many people dealing with Council undertaking works on Council's road reserve are doing so for the first time.

As the authority responsible for local infrastructure, Council is obliged to maintain roads and footpaths in a safe state for everyone to use.

Application for Works on Council Property


Find out what is required before you can commence works.


All hoardings constructed on or over public domain areas require approval from Council and payment of a fee as scheduled in the fees and charges(PDF, 2MB) for the period.

Before any asset on Council’s roads reserve is opened for any lawful purpose by a plumber, drainer, builder or any other person, a permit in respect of such openings is required from Council.

Dial before you dig

Those who damage underground pipes of cable networks may be held financially responsible by the asset owner. Minimise your risk and visit Dial Before You Dig.

When you contact Dial Before You Dig, you will be sent a Caller Confirmation listing of all Dial Before You Dig members having underground assets in the vicinity of your proposed excavation.

Burwood Council Drainage Pipe and Pit data can be accessed by using the Interactive Online Mapping System or by viewing a Map PDF.

  • View interactive map
  • View PDF map 

Temporary anchors are required to shore bulk excavations. The anchors, as the name implies are temporarily installed as per designer’s and/or manufacturer’s instructions.

The anchors are eventually de-stressed after permanent lateral structural supports have been constructed. A Permit is required from Council prior to installation of anchors in Council’s controlled land for which Fees and refundable Holding Deposit (in the form of Bank Guarantee) are applicable.

A vehicle will only be permitted to cross between the road pavement and private property on a properly constructed vehicular crossing approved by Council, and constructed to Council’s specifications.

These works are to be in accordance with Council’s Stormwater Management Code and the requirement for a road openings permit also applies. Where roof water connections for residential properties are to connect to the kerb, such connections are to be within the frontage of the property. These works are to be carried out by a licensed plumber or builder only.

Work zones: Works adjacent to roads and retaining walls

Where earthworks will alter ground levels of a property adjacent to the road reserve, approval will be required from Council to ensure that support for the road is not undermined or at risk of collapse.

Generally a retaining wall will be required if a change in ground level is approved. Details of such structures will be subject to a building application.

Skip bins

You will need a permit for rubbish skips or bulk waste containers if they are placed on the road  and not within your property.

 Skip bins are not the same as normal domestic waste containers collected as part of Council’s regular waste collection service.

View Council's Rubbish Skips Policy(PDF, 686KB)