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Road Opening Permit

Consent under Section 138 of the Roads Act 1993 is required for any works or activities in a public reserve, public road way or footpath (nature strip or verge).

The types of work requiring s138 approval includes, but is not limited to:
  • opening a road (digging up or creating a trench through or under a kerb, footpath or road);
  • erecting, removing or interfering with a structure, work or tree on a public road (includes using small and/or large machinery on a public road);
  • driveways (where any vehicle crosses a kerb or footpath);
  • creating a temporary vehicle crossing;
  • connecting a road (whether public or private) to a public road.
For further information please see NSW Planning Portal.


Last modified: 23 Sep 2021