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Driveway Access Permit

Local Government Act 1999 - Section 221

Section 221—Alteration of road

A person (other than the council or a person acting under some other statutory authority) must not make an alteration to a public road unless authorised to do so by the council.

A Driveway Access Permit is required to obtain approval to complete any of the following:

• Install a new Driveway Crossover, Invert and Water Table

• Widen an existing Driveway Crossover, Invert and Water Table

• Replace an existing Driveway Crossover, Invert and Water Table


A driveway access is made up of the following parts:

A driveway invert and water table – the laid back section of kerb that allows vehicles to cross the kerb. (Note, driveway inverts are not required in streets where a mountable kerb exists)

A driveway crossover – the section of the driveway located between the driveway invert/kerb and the front property boundary.

Important Information

Work is not to commence on a driveway access until Council approval is obtained, through a Driveway Access Permit.

All associated works are to be arranged by the applicant and must be completed to Council standards. Works can be completed by a private contractor or Council.

All costs involved with the construction or alteration of a driveway access (including alteration of any Council infrastructure) are at the applicants costs.

Works associated with the relocation/alteration of Utility Service Pits/Infrastructure (e.g. Telstra, SA Water, NBN, APA) must be arranged by the applicant through the relevant Utility company. There may be separate costs for these works which are payable to the relevant Utility company.

Once your Driveway Access is installed, it is the responsibility of the property owner to repair and/or maintain the driveway invert and/or crossover and keep the Driveway Access in a safe and serviceable condition at all times. This maintenance responsibility is also for any other existing driveway inverts and crossovers serving your property.


A Driveway Access must:

1. Be constructed as near as practicable to 90° from the centre line of the driveway to the kerb alignment.

2. Be situated wholly within the property frontage boundary.

3. Be located at minimum 0.5 metre away from existing infrastructure (stobie poles, street signs, side entry pits, drains, utility pits etc)

4. Be located sufficiently away from street trees as determined by Council’s Arboriculture Officer. Application for the street tree to be removed, replaced or relocated will be at the discretion of Council’s Arboriculture Officer. All amenity costs will be charged back to the Applicant.

5. Be located sufficiently away from traffic control devices such as parking bays, roundabouts and median strips.

6. Have a minimum 6.0 metre clearance is required from the property boundary to any structure within the property.

7. Grade toward the road, with the level at the front property boundary being between 50mm and 150mm above the top of kerb with the crossover matching existing footpath levels (or 2.5% crossfall in footpath area), unless otherwise approved by the Council.

*Corner Allotments Only* the crossover must be constructed with a 6.0 metre clearance to the side property boundary


8. Driveway inverts and water tables must be constructed of concrete and poured together as one piece.

9. Driveway crossovers must be constructed with concrete/concrete stamped paving (no greater than 5mm deep) with a suitable non-slip or broomed finish OR driveway strength brick paving units (depth of chamfered edges must not be greater than 4mm).

10. Any existing kerb, water table and footpath requiring removal to facilitate driveway construction must be vertically saw cut to the full depth of concrete to facilitate its complete removal without leaving broken edges.

11. Saw cutting of the kerb and water table must be along the front edge of the water table at the joint where the water table meets the asphalt roadway.

12. Any redundant driveway inverts and crossovers must be returned to kerb, water table, footpath and verge at the Applicants cost.


15. Any damage to the asphalt roadway during Construction must be saw cut square and replaced level with 35mm thick, 10mm hotmix asphalt by the Applicant.

16. Any damaged or missing infrastructure associated with the development or driveway construction must be replaced to Council standards by the Applicant.

The City of Marion reserves the right to revoke this Permit.

Standard Drawings


The process for obtaining a Driveway Access Permit is simple. Please complete all necessary information on the application form.

Council can provide a quote for these works if the house is established or if the new development is at the lock up stage of the build. If our quote is accepted, an invoice will be created and emailed to you. Once the invoice has been paid in full, the works will be scheduled with Council’s contractor within 2 to 4 weeks.

A private contractor can be engaged to complete the approved works, however it is the owners responsibility to ensure the works are completed to Council standards.

Please upload a plan or diagram, indicating the proposed driveway access dimensions and location, including distance to the nearest side boundary, any trees, service pits or poles. Alternatively, please supply a copy of the building site works plan, with proposed driveway dimensions and location clearly marked on it.

The application will be assessed and you will be informed of the outcome via email within 15 business days.

If you wish to discuss your application during this time please contact the Infrastructure Audit Unit on or 7420 6447.