Road closures

To minimise traffic congestion in the city centre and on major City of Sydney controlled roads, the City can only approve road closures if the proposed work or event is scheduled for a Sunday. On minor City controlled roads outside of the city centre, weekdays and Saturdays may be considered. Applications must be thorough and submitted to Council's Local Pedestrian Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee around a month before it meets.

Roads can be closed partially or fully, depending on your requirements. Partial road closures are only approved in low traffic conditions when there will be at least 1 through-lane for traffic to ensure 2-way traffic can continue to operate under traffic control for the duration of the work. Any diversion of traffic flow will require the proposal to be treated as a full road closure. For further information about a partial road closure refer to Contacts (see right).

You must apply for approval to do roadwork and/or various other road-related activities, such as operating a mobile crane, cherry picker, concrete boom pump, travel tower or boom lift. Approval is also needed if you plan to put barricades on footpaths.

If you are organising a parade, march or other type of street-based event, approval is required and we recommend you choose one of our 4 preferred routes. Choosing an existing route reduces the amount of planning you will need to do.

A fee is charged for the above approvals.

Fees description Charge amount

Application fee

(non-refundable) payable with the application

Late application fee

(non-refundable) payable with the application

Deferred date fee

(non-refundable) payable if closure date is changed

Major road closure

$1,700 per lane per day, per block

Minor road closure

$845 per lane per day, per block


Less than 4 hrs = 25%; 4 to less than 8 hrs = 50%;
8 to less than 12hrs = 75%, per block
12 to 24hrs = 100%; more than 24hrs = pro-rata
(refer to list of major roads)

Mobile crane permit fee $170 per standing

How to apply

Read the instructions and associated documents carefully before lodging your application form. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory. If your form contains incomplete information your approval could be delayed and you could incur further fees.

Follow these steps before completing the appropriate application form. Each document is available for download below, unless otherwise stated.

  1. Read 'Schedule C – Temporary Road Closure Conditions'.
  2. Review the fees and charges in the table (at left).
  3. Check the major roads list against the map of Council-controlled roads to make sure the street(s) in your application is governed by the City.
  4. Provide a site specific Traffic Management Plan (TMP) in accordance with AS1742.3 requirements. The TMP must be prepared by a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) certified designer for Traffic Control Plans. See the TMP example first.
  5. Read the example of a consultation letter to local residents and businesses and draft a similar letter of your own to include with your application (if applicable).
  6. Review the example of a temporary road closure advertisement and attach a draft relevant to your application (if applicable).
  7. Refer to the Local Pedestrian Cycling and Traffic Calming (LPCTC) Committee meeting dates to check the cut-off date for your application. The committee meets once a month and your application should be lodged a month in advance of the meeting or late submission fees may apply.
  8. Complete your application form together with one of the following where applicable:
  • crane permit
  • temporary works application
  • road opening permit.

If your application is supported by City officers, it will be presented to the LPCTC committee for endorsement. The committee may refuse the application or give you conditional endorsement.


Construction Regulation Unit02 9265 9333

Last updated: Wednesday, 1 July 2015