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Driveways and vehicular crossings

Click to enlargeDiagram of a vehicular crossing and driveway

Diagram of a vehicular crossing and driveway

What is the difference between a driveway and a vehicular crossing?

The City Plan provides separate definitions for a driveway and a vehicular crossing:

Do I need approval from City of Gold Coast?

If you intend to construct a new vehicular crossing from a City-controlled road or modify an existing vehicular crossing where the road is a City-controlled road you would need an approval from City of Gold Coast.

How do I check if a road is controlled by the City?

There are three types of road within the Gold Coast area: State-controlled roads; City-controlled roads; and private roads.

State-controlled roads

Major roads are generally controlled by the State. You can use the Queensland Government Development Assessment Mapping System to check if the subject road is State-controlled using the steps below:

  1. Enable the 'State-controlled road' layer within the SARA DA mapping section by selecting 'State transport', 'State transport corridor' and clicking the check box for 'State-controlled road'.
  2. Search for the property address using the search box and zoom in to see the mapping layer details.

City-controlled roads

Most roads within the boundary of City of Gold Coast are controlled by the City.

If the subject road is not State-controlled or a private road, then it is City-controlled.

Private roads

Private roads are owned and maintained privately.

An example of a private road is a road located within a gated residential complex. Signs usually confirm if the road is private by containing 'Private road' on a road name sign.

Why do I need approval for my driveway or vehicular crossing?

City of Gold Coast has introduced an assessment and approval process for driveways and vehicular crossings to ensure constructed pathways meet City standards.

These requirements include but are not limited to:

  • the provision of safe access for vehicles
  • maintaining a safe environment for pedestrians
  • retaining trees and green spaces
  • preserving the amenity of the area
  • preventing loss of on-street car parking spaces
  • protecting utility services.

Is there only one type of crossing?

No, crossings are either standard or non-standard.

Under the City Plan, standard vehicular crossings are accepted development subject to requirements. This means where your vehicular crossing meets the standard requirements (such as width, grade, separation, etc.), it is a standard vehicular crossing.

If any aspects of the proposed crossing do not comply with the requirements outlined in Table 9.4.2-2 of the City Plan, the crossing is a non-standard vehicle crossing which is assessable development. This means the City requires details of the proposed crossing to ensure it complies with standards.

The full list of requirements for driveways and vehicular crossings are available on table 9.4.2-1 to 9.4.2-4 of the City Plan.

How do I know whether my crossing is standard or non-standard?

If the crossing complies with the required outcomes of table 9.4.2-2 of the City Plan, it is a standard crossing.

If it does not comply with any criteria outlined in Table 9.4.2-2 it is non-standard. Please refer to the City Plan – 9.4.2 Driveways and Vehicular crossings Code for details.

View the checklist prepared to assist you with this determination.

What type of approval do I need?

There are two types of approvals for crossings: a licence, and a development permit for operational works.

Standard crossings need a licence and non-standard crossings need a development approval for Operational Works – Vehicle access works.

What are the differences between licence and operational works applications?

To issue a licence, the City relies on the information provided by applicants and only conducts compliance inspections.

Operational works applications undergo a thorough assessment against the relevant City Plan codes to ensure that no adverse impacts are created for both the applicant and the community. Therefore, completion of a licence application is a faster process.

Please note that decisions are made according to information provided. Where documents and drawings do not reflect the existing circumstances of the site, you might be required to submit additional information or an additional application to obtain approval. This will cause additional costs and time to reach a favourable outcome.

How do I obtain a licence?

To obtain a licence for vehicular crossing the following is required:

  • a completed application to construct a vehicular crossing that is accepted development
  • a site plan
  • an application fee.

Find the link to the Application to construct a vehicular crossing that is accepted development below.

Fee information can be found in our Register of fees and charges or through an Application fee enquiry online .

See the frequently asked questions below for more information about application requirements and next steps.

How do I obtain a development permit for operational works (OPW approval)?

To obtain a development permit for operational works for vehicular crossing the following are required:

  • completed State Government Form 1
  • completed application for operational works form
  • site plan
  • longitudinal section of the crossing (if the crossing is on steep land you may be asked to provide additional long sections)
  • supporting documents including completed Code Template or completed checklist (the applicant is required to address compliance with the Driveways and Vehicular crossings Code 9.4.2 of the City Plan)
  • application fee.

Find the links to the Application for operational works and State Government forms below.

Fee information can be found in our Register of fees and charges or through an Application fee enquiry online .

See the frequently asked questions below for more information about application requirements and next steps.

Tree removal associated with a vehicular crossing

If there are trees obstructing your proposed vehicular crossing, you are requested where possible, to consider alternative options to avoid damage to the existing trees.

Where this is not possible, you will need to submit a combined application for Operational Works (Vehicular crossing and Vegetation Clearing).

The applicable fee for this combined application is the OPW Vehicular crossing application fee plus 50 percent of the OPW-VXO-Tree works as outlined in the Register of fees and charges.

More information

For further information see the Frequently asked questions below or contact Development Compliance on 07 5667 5978 or by email mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

Book a vehicular crossing (VXO) inspection

Prior to construction, the City requires an inspection to ensure the crossing will be constructed in accordance with standards. Similarly, after completion of construction it is necessary to ensure that the constructed crossing is compliant with standards and adjacent land is adjusted to the finished level of the crossing to prevent any trip hazard.

Use the online form below to book a pre or post-pour inspection.

Book a VXO inspection


Report non-compliant driveways/vehicle crossings

Visit our Report a problem - Development compliance page to report a non-compliance driveway or vehicular crossing using our online form.

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