Exemption from development approval

You don’t need development approval for a driveway across a road verge if it complies with relevant provisions (Schedule 1, Part 1.3, Division 1.3.1, Section 1.30) of the Planning and Development Regulation 2008

Please note that, as indicated below, driveways are subject to rules from ACTPLA, Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) and, where applicable, ACT Heritage.

*TAMS provides an information sheet on driveways which lists the design requirements for their approval. Your driveway should also be compliant with: Design standards for urban infrastructure: driveways

Resealing existing driveways

Resealing an existing driveway doesn’t need development approval if:

1 or more of the following materials is used:

  • concrete (including coloured or patterned concrete)
  • bitumen
  • pavers, including bricks
  • timber
  • grass, including stabilising treatment

If you are seeking to build on a rural block different exemption rules apply. (See Schedule 1, Part 1.3, Division 1.3.5, Section 1.85 of the regulation).

If the site is on national land you should contact the National Capital Authority for development approval.

If you are still unsure whether your development is exempt you should check the regulation or call ACTPLA on phone: (02) 6207 1923.

A building certifier can ensure plans and work are completed in accordance with the law.

Exemption from building approval

Driveways that are built on the ground, do not span above the ground and are not part of a building are not regulated by building approval legislation.

For more information call ACTPLA on phone: (02) 6207 1923.




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