Engineering Development


Ballarat City Council uses the latest Infrastructure Develop Manual (IDM). The IDM essentially outlines Council’s engineering/infrastructure standards that are to be used for roads, drainage etc   If you require a copy of the IDM, this can be acquired from the Infrastructure Develop Manual website.

This document will be used to standardise development submissions to expedite Council’s engineering approvals and ensure minimum design criteria are met in regards to the design and construction of infrastructure within the municipalities regardless of whether it is constructed by Council or a developer.

Please take the time to download the IDM from the design manual website. A guide to the IDM is located in the IDM Navigation Guide.

To place the City of Ballarat in a stronger position to manage future infrastructure growth The Ballarat City Council formally adopted The Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM) on the 14 of September 2011. A letter regarding the implementation of the IDM from the Mayor to prospective developers and Engineering Designers is now available from the link "Open letter from the Mayor to Developers".

New requirements for all subdivisions that include a civil works component have been introduced as part of the Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM).  Other infrastructure requirements include:

  • Minimum road reserve width (18m for local roads)
  • Payment of a bond to Council to the value of 5% of the cost of civil works to be used by Council for rectification of any design and construction defects during the defects liability period
  • Drainage Specifications

Landscape Design Manual

The City of Ballarat adopted the Landscape Design Manual (LDM) in August 2012. It is to be read in conjunction with the City of Ballarat Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM) as it is an adjunct to the IDM specifically for Landscape Design and Standards. The LDM has been developed by the City of Ballarat as a guide to specifying, installing and maintaining public landscapes within the City of Ballarat, particularly newly developed subdivisions, and landscape works on City of Ballarat land.

The LDM is to be used as a guide  and reference by landscape architects and designers  during the preparation of landscape plans for Council submission, by landscape contractors during landscape construction, and by developer and Council representatives in the field during the landscape construction and maintenance periods.

The LDM is aimed at  ensuring that the quality and workmanship of landscape works undertaken within the municipality are of a standard that is in accordance with accepted industry standards, and sound horticultural and sustainable management practices. It will therfore be reviewed annually to ensure it is addresses relevant  City of Ballarat standards, guidelines, practices and issues.

Standard DrawingsTop of document.

Current Infrastructure Standard Drawings (IDM)

There are two types of standard drawings used in Ballarat, namely Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM) standard drawings and the City of Ballarat’s historic standard drawings.  In most new development sites, the IDM standard drawings will be the drawing set used for the infrastructure in the design for new developments (ie Greenfield areas such as Ballarat West).  Where future development is located within existing urban areas, the IDM takes precedence over the historic standard drawings unless existing Council infrastructure prevents the use of the IDM standards.

The IDM standard drawings can be found at (external site that is managed by others).


Historic Council Standard Drawings 

Drawing No. Description
Index 1 Concrete Structures, Drains, Kerbs, Footpaths & Landscaping.
Index 2 Miscellaneous, Pits, Roads, Street Furniture & Traffic Management.
Contrete Structures
SD-C1 Indented Storage Bay for one Bus
SD-C2 Semi Trailer & Heavy Vehicle Access for Industrial Properties
SD-C3 Concrete Endwall (Bluestone Channel)
SD-C4 - 1 Pedestrian Kerb Ramp Detail (Corrugated Profile)
SD-C4 - 2 Pedestrian Kerb Ramp Detail (Corrugated Profile)
SD-C4 - 3 Pedestrian Kerb Ramp Detail (Corrugated Profile)
SD-C4 - 4 Pedestrian Kerb Ramp Detail (Corrugated Profile)
SD-C5 Light Reinforced Concrete Bridge (2 Tonne Wheel Load Capacity)
SD-C6-Bus Stop  Bus shelter DDA layout
SD-D1 Plinths over Services
SD-D2-1 Sub Soil Drainage behind Kerb & Channel
SD-D2-2 Sub Soil Drainage below Kerb & Channel
SD-D3 Concrete Spoon Drain
SD-D4-1 Bluestone Pitcher Channel "3 Pitcher Standard"
SD-D4-2 Bluestone Pitcher Channel
SD-D5-1 Roof Discharge Dissipator Application one
SD-D5-2 Roof Discharge Dissipator Application two
SD-D6 900mm Dia R.C.P. to Bluestone Creek Connection Details
SD-D7-1 1 Private Drains 150mm & 225mm Connection to Kerb & Channel
SD-D7-2 Private Drains 150mm & 225mm Connection to Bluestone Channel
SD-D7-3 Private Drains 90mm, 150mm & 225mm Connection to Bluestone Channel
SD-D8-1 Trench Details for Reinforced Concrete Pipes
SD-D8-2 Authority Trench Details
SD-D8-3 Trench Details for R.C. Box Culverts
SD-D9 House Connection Drain "to Main Outfall Drain"
Kerbs Footpaths
SD-K1 Standard Kerb Sections
SD-K2 Standard Asphalt Footpath Section
SD-K3 Standard Concrete Footpath Section
SD-K3-2 Standard Concrete Footpath Section for Subdivisions
SD-K4 Standard Concrete Footpath Section with Spoon Drain
SD-K4-1 Standard Concrete Footpath Section with Spoon Drain for Subdivisions
SD-K5-1 Streetscape Kerb (Crossing Details)
SD-K5-2 Streetscape Kerb and Bluestone Channel
SD-K5-3 Streetscape Kerb & Channel
SD-L1 Lawn Areas Typical application for Centre Medians & Roundabouts
SD-L2 Advanced Tree Planting Detail - Type A
SD-L3 Advanced Tree Planting Detail - Type B
SD-L4 Advanced Tree Planting Detail - Type C
SD-L5 Planting Details garden beds, tube stock and native grasses
SD-L6 Irrigation Details
SD-L7 Subgrade, Topsoil & Mulching Detail
SD-L8 Timber Bollard Detail
SD-M1 Typical Paving Detail (Pedestrian Areas)
SD-M2 Vehicular Crossing to Bluestone Channel
SD-M3 Single Lane Slow Point
SD-M4 Roll Top Fencing
SD-M5 Full Rubber Guide Post
SD-P1-1 Pre-Cast Side Entry Pit Concrete Cover 900mm Inlet
SD-P1-2 Insitu Side Entry Pit Concrete Cover 900mm Inlet
SD-P2-1 Pre-Cast Side Entry Pit Concrete Cover 1.8m Inlet
SD-P2-2 Insitu Side Entry Pit Concrete Cover 1.8m Inlet
SD-P3-1 Pre-Cast Unhaunched Pits Concrete Cover
SD-P3-2 Insitu Unhaunched Pits Concrete Cover
SD-P4-1 Pre-Cast Haunched Pits Concrete Cover
SD-P4-2 Insitu Haunched Pits
SD-P5 Pre-cast Drainage Pit 300mm x 300mm
SD-P6 900mm x 600mm Grated Junction Pit to suit Spoon Drain
SD-P7 Double Side Entry Pit 2100mm x 750mm with Grated Lid
SD-P8 Side Entry Pit with Flume
SD-P9 Concrete Spoon Drain & Pits for Reverse fall Naturestrips
SD-P10-1 Pre-Cast Junction Pit Concrete Cover
SD-P10-2 Insitu Junction Pit Concrete Cover
SD-R1COLL Standard Road Cross Section for Collector Road
SD-R1LINK Standard Road Cross Section for Link Road
SD-R1LOC Standard Road Cross Section for Access Road
SD-R2 Pavement Joint Lapping Base Layer
SD-R3 Typical Pavement Profiles
SD-R4 Typical Cement Stabilised Pavement Profiles
Street Furniture
SD-S1-1 Plan View Heritage Barrier for Bluestone Channel
SD-S1-2 Elevation Plan Heritage Barrier for Bluestone Channel
SD-S1-3 Connection Details for Heritage Barrier for Bluestone Channel
SD-S1-4 Cast Iron Boss Detail for Heritage Barrier for Bluestone Barrier
SD-S1-5 Spiral Bracket Detail for Heritage Barrier for Bluestone Channel
SD-S2 Timber Bollard Detail (Redgum)
SD-S3 Sign Post Detail
Traffic Management
SD-T1 Roundabout Details
SD-T2 Statcon Line Marking Details
SD-T3 Flat Top Road Hump
SD-T4 Watts Profile Speed Hump & Line Marking Detail
SD-T5 Concrete Pre-Cast Speed Ramp & Line Marking Detail
The City of Ballarat Council has taken every care to ensure that the information shown on these drawings is accurate, however some variations from records may exist, and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed.