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Roads and Streets
We maintain more than 1000 kilometres of sealed roads and 390 kilometres of unsealed roads within our municipality.
Works Within Roads Reserve
Any works that involve digging in the road reserve require consent. To excavate any part of the road reserve you must apply to the coordinating road authority. For roads belonging to the City of Ballarat you can apply for the permit online or in person at our Customer Service Centre. You must also conduct a Dial Before You Dig search to locate underground services. Upon receipt of an application, one of our Asset Surveil...
You need a Vehicle Crossing Permit to construct a concrete vehicle crossing or bridge on Council-owned land.
Stormwater and Drains
Stormwater is water that runs off hard surfaces such as footpaths, roads and rooftops when it rains. Most of Ballarat’s stormwater flows into the Yarrowee River, then into the Leigh River, the Barwon River, and finally into Bass Strait at Barwon Heads. What stormwater drains am I responsible for? All building works must comply with Victorian Building Regulations. This requires stormwater to connect to a lega...
Asset Protection Permits aim to protect public assets from private building activities taking place on private land to ensure public infrastructure, such as footpaths, drainage and roads, as well as vegetation on public land (including street trees), remain serviceable during the construction process and are not left damaged at the completion of works. Once a permit has been paid for, our Asset Surveillance Officers will inspect the publi...
City of Ballarat uses the latest Infrastructure Design Manual, which outlines our engineering/infrastructure standards for roads, drainage and other structures. The manual is used to make sure minimum design criteria are met for design and construction of infrastructure, whether it is constructed by City of Ballarat or a developer.
Ballarat's first electric street light was turned on in 1895. Now there are more than 12,000 streetlights across our municipality.
Works on council land
If you are placing things like structures, plant and equipment, or building supplies on the road reserve as part of construction works, you may require a permit. This also applies to building permit applications requiring report and consent from the City of Ballarat under the Building Regulation 604.