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Crossovers and driveways

A crossover is the part of a driveway that crosses the verge, between the kerb and the property boundary. The Residential Design Codes includes provisions for the location of crossovers and driveways, and approval is to be obtained from the City prior to constructing a crossover.

Location of crossovers and driveways

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) aim to minimise the visual impact of vehicle parking and access points. To that end, the codes advise that access to on-site parking should be from:

  • a right-of-way (e.g. a laneway),
  • a secondary street, where no right-of-way exists, or
  • the primary street, where no secondary street or right-of-way exists.

Driveways should be aligned at right angles to the street and be setback at least 0.5 metre from side boundaries. They should be no wider than 6 metres at the street boundary and should not exceed 9 metres in aggregate for any one property. Driveways should also be located so as to avoid street trees and other infrastructure.

NOTE: In the event that access cannot be achieved from an existing right-of-way or secondary street, the City may consider an application for development approval to vary the R-Codes provisions in accordance with the City’s Local Planning Policy 1.1.1 for Residential Development. For more information about development approval, refer to the Related Links below.

During building construction

The crossover is often not constructed until a new dwelling is almost complete. During construction the builder must obtain a verge permit and construct a temporary crossover of crushed limestone or the like in accordance with the City’s specifications. After work is completed the temporary crossover must be removed and the verge reinstated. A permanent crossover must then be constructed to access the property.

Constructing a permanent crossing

While the crossover location may be taken into consideration when assessing an application for development approval or building permit, approval must still be obtained from the City’s Operations branch prior to constructing a permanent crossing. It is recommended that the application be made after the application for building permit to ensure compliance with the Residential Design Codes.

Following application an officer will undertake an inspection of the area to assess any impact on any existing infrastructure, including kerbs, footpaths, drainage structures and any other services. Any changes required to existing City infrastructure will be at the owner’s expense. It is also the owner’s responsibility to ensure any impact on additional services, such as telephone and electricity, are resolve with the relevant authorities.

The crossover must be constructed in accordance with the City’s specifications and a subsidy may be paid after construction is completed. For information sheets, forms and standard drawings refer to the Related Links below. If you require clarification please contact us.

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