Apply for a Permit
A permit is required to undertake a number of activites on or near your property.
Earthworks involve filling or excavating land. You need to apply for approval unless the work is part of a development that has already been approved. Consent is required in order to control soil erosion, sedimentation, tree loss and drainage impacts.
Do you have concerns about earthwork?
If you have concerns about earthworks occurring at a property, you may wish to lodge a request with Council to investigate.
Hoardings provide safe temporary fencing to protect the public from the hazards of adjacent construction, excavation or demolition works.. Hornsby Council classifies hoardings into three categories:
Class A Hoarding is a fence that is located no more than 300mm onto Council land.
Class B Hoarding is a solid structure and the largest type of hoarding able to be applied for. It is commonly required where overhead protection is needed for pedestrians utilizing the footpath, and may be with or without site sheds overhead.
Class C Hoarding is a fence or scaffolding that is located more than 300mm and up to 1800mm into Council land where the width is:
- at least 3500mm, or
- not more than half the width of the 3500mm, or
- not more than half the width of the footpath/footway whichever is the lesser.
Applying for a temporary fencing/hoarding permit can now be made online with the upfront payment of the non-refundable Permit Fee.
The total cost payable by the applicant will be based on Council’s Fees and Charges as applicable for the hoarding type. The actual hoarding type will be assessed on-site by Council’s Environmental Compliance Officer.
Council approval is required to place mobile cranes/plants on footpaths, nature strips, road shoulders, roadways or road-related areas. This includes any activity that involves hoisting goods over a pedestrian area.
The application requires a Traffic Control Plan, which can only be prepared by persons accredited by the RMS.
Application fees can be paid by credit card. For more information phone 9847 6616.
Mobile cranes/plants on private property do not require an application or fee.
To seek approval, submit an application form (225kb).
A road opening permit allows a person to dig into Council's assets, such as roads, footpaths and nature strips.. If the permit is approved the applicant must pay the cost of restoring the public asset once the work is finished.
Applying for a road opening permit can now be made online with the upfront payment of the non-refundable Permit Fee.
The total cost payable by the applicant will be based on Council’s Fees and Charges as applicable for the restoration of the asset type(s) disturbed by the road opening. The actual area of the asset type(s) to be restored will be assessed on-site by Council’s Restorations Supervisor.
See a complete listing of the current fees and charges including terms and conditions for Road Openings - 60kb.
View Standard Conditions for Road Opening Permits – Plumbers and Drainers - 25kb for further information.
Click to view Road Opening Typical Details - 71kb.
Click Survey Mark Status to view information provided by Land & Property Information, NSW Government.
An application and payment by credit card can be made online.
Council approval is required for temporary full and partial road closures.
It’s important that all driveways and vehicular crossings are safe, while providing appropriate vehicle access.
What is the Vehicular Crossing Specification?
Hornsby Shire Council’s Vehicular Crossings Specification ensures the design and construction of all vehicular crossings (including driveways) is safe.
Who can build a driveway or vehicular crossing?
They can only be constructed by Council staff or authorised contractors to ensure construction is to a reasonable standard. Phone Council to obtain a quote on 9847 6940 or view the list of Authorised Contractors.
Are there any tips on obtaining quotes from contractors?
The best place to visit is the NSW Fair Trading page on getting quotes.
How can a contractor become authorised?
If you’re a contractor keen to become authorised refer to section 3.10 or 3.11 of the Vehicular Crossings Specification - 570kb.