Vehicular Access

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme requires that an application for a use or development permit must demonstrate that suitable arrangements can be provided for:

  • Vehicular access to the site of development or use

Council will assess the request and issue a Statement of Compliance which must be included with a Use or Development permit application.

First review the details below for either Existing or New/Modified access, including the required supporting information to be included with your request, then Apply Online.

If you are unsure as to whether a Statement of Compliance is required for your proposed Use or Development please contact our Planning Department for further information on 03 6430 5700.


When the proposed use or development:

  • Utilises existing vehicular and drainage access arrangements and
  • Does not modify existing infrastructure
  • Requires no change in infrastructure
  • Will not increase drainage flows.

Please apply online and answer Yes or No to the Deemed Compliance Checklist Questions

If your application is compliant you will receive a Statement of Compliance for Existing Access Arrangements which must be included with a Use or Development permit application.

When the proposed use or development requires:

  • a new vehicular or drainage access, or
  • Increases or modifies drainage flows
  • Increases or modifies the usage of an existing access

A number of compliance questions must be completed and lodged with required supporting information to Council for processing.

First review what needs to be included with your request:

Description of nature of proposed development
Relevant information could include:

  • number and type of dwellings proposed,
  • nature of commercial activities including such factors as frequency, duration, hours of operation,
  • number of possible occupants and customers,
  • extent of subdivision or
  • the type, frequency and number of vehicles likely to use the site.

Required supporting information
Adequate statements, diagrams or plans must be included within the application to clearly illustrate the location of the desired vehicular access and/or drainage access to the site of the proposed development. 

Diagrams or plans must be to scale, based on aerial photographs or otherwise providing an accurate position for proposed vehicular access and/or drainage connection point to be established.

If the application is for a relocation or modification of an existing access, the location of both the existing and proposed accesses must be clearly shown.


Please apply online by completing questions and providing supporting information for new/modified access.

If your application is compliant you will receive a Statement of Compliance which must be included with a Use or Development permit application.

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme requires that a planning permit application must establish the suitability of a site for development by demonstrating that vehicular access is available between the carriageway of a road and the development site in accordance with the Local Government (Highways) Act 1982

Similarly, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that stormwater from the development site can drain to a stormwater system in accordance with the Urban Drainage Act 2013.

Under the relevant provisions of these Acts Council may issue an advice as to the availability of access to Road and Drainage Infrastructure.

This advice will be in the form of a Statement of Compliance that states if access to the respective road network and stormwater system exists, is achievable and/or may be conditional.

This Statement of Compliance must be included with a planning permit application.