Works in Public Places - Definitions


Any work, action, occupation, loading or unloading undertaken within the Road Reserve to facilitate work within or adjacent to the Road Reserve.

Alignment levels

The levels of the road reserve adjacent to the boundary between your property and the road reserve.


The area within the public road reserve that is constructed for the use of motor vehicles. For a kerbed road, the carriageway extends from the face of kerb to face of kerb and for a sealed road, the carriageway extends from edge of seal to edge of seal.

Complying development

Has the same meaning as in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979. I.e. Local development that can be determined and approved subject to specified predetermined development standards and conditions.

Council owned land

Land owned by Sutherland Shire Council but not dedicated as Public Road, Public Reserve or Drainage Reserve.

Drainage easement

An easement created under the Conveyancing Act 1919 that benefits Council for the purpose of controlling or conveying stormwater through the property burdened either above and/or below ground. The terms of the easement allow any authorised person to gain access for the installation, maintenance, repair or replacement of the drainage structures within the easement.

Drainage reserve

A parcel of land set aside for the purposes of controlling and conveying stormwater from any natural source.


That part of the constructed vehicular access within the site from the property boundary to the car parking spaces and includes all passing bays, manoeuvring areas and turning heads.

Exempt development

Development that does not require development consent and has the same meaning as in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Footway or nature strip

That part of the road reservation other than the carriageway. It is set aside for pedestrian traffic and for the housing of public utility services. The footway may contain a constructed footpath or it may be unformed.

Hoarding/hoarded area

An area that is fenced off or separated from the public area in order to facilitate works or activities within the Public Place whilst maintaining safe and convenient access for
the public.

  • An ‘A’ class hoarding is a structure of wire or wood usually 1.8m in height or greater.
  • A ‘B’ class hoarding is an overhead protective structure made of wood or steel that combines an elevated barrier with pedestrian access beneath. The ‘B’ class hoarding also incorporates an ‘A’ class structure adjacent the work area.

Public asset / infrastructure

Includes any building, structure, pavement, kerb, drainage structure, surface formation, treatment or finish, or improvement within a Public Place.

Public place

As defined in the Local Government Act 1993, a Public Place includes:

  • a public reserve, public bathing reserve, public baths or public swimming pool
  • a public road, public bridge, public wharf, public road-ferry or public boat ramp
  • a Crown reserve comprising land reserved for future public requirements
  • public land or Crown land other than:
      a Crown reserve
      a common land that has been sold or leased or lawfully contracted to be sold or leased land that is declared by the regulations to be a Public Place

Public Places are important areas that have been set aside for community use due to their intrinsic features or the public purposes they serve. Any work or activity within a Public Place or use of a Public Place is subject to consideration and approval under applicable legislation. eg. Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Roads Act 1993, Local Government Act 1993, Community Land Management Act 1989, Rural Fires Act 1997, Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, Real Property Act 1900, Conveyancing Act 1919

Public reserve

As defined within the Local Government Act 1919 (L.G.Act), a Public Reserve means a public park, land transferred to Council under S.340A of the L.G.Act, land dedicated as public reserve under S.340C and 340D of L.G.Act., S37AAA of Crown Lands consolidation Act 1913, S.76 of Crown Lands Act 1989, a Crown reserve, S.52 of State Roads Act 1986 and S.159 of the Roads Act 1993.

Public road reserve

Any area that is opened, dedicated or declared to be a public road whether made or unmade, for general public use and generally designed to accommodate the movement of vehicles and pedestrians.  The road includes a highway, street, lane, pathway, footpath, cycleway, thoroughfare, bridge, culvert, causeway, road-ferry, ford, crossing, bypass and trackway, and also includes the airspace above and soil beneath the surface of the road.


Includes any kind of work, building or structure such, as a roadway, footway, bridge or tunnel, which is constructed or installed on or in the vicinity of a road for the purpose of facilitating the use of the road as a road, the regulation of traffic on the road or the carriage of utility services across the road and includes the construction, erection, installation, maintenance, repair, removal or replacement of a road work.

Truck/work zone

A length of road delineated by truck/work zone signs set aside by the Road Authority for trucks/delivery vehicles to drop off or pick up goods.

Unmade road reserve

A Public Road Reserve that does not contain a constructed carriageway for the use of the public for the driving or riding of motor vehicles. A road reserve is deemed to be unmade if it contains only an access way which provides access to one or a small number of properties.

Vehicular crossing

Is that part of the constructed vehicular access to a site between the carriageway and the property boundary. The vehicular crossing is usually located within the footway or nature strip, however in the case of an unmade road, can extend from the constructed carriageway within the subject road reservation or another road reservation, along the road reserve to the property boundary.


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