Construction zone

What is a construction zone?

A Construction Zone Permit is only valid for large and difficult to build sites that have an approved Construction Management Plan (CMP), if you have not been required to provide a CMP for your works please refer back to our Road Occupation Page to apply for the relevant permits. 

A construction zone is a council approved area which can be used during construction. This area may involve the use of plant and equipment or may be used for parking of construction vehicles. The area is semi-permanent and is to be delineated by using Council approved safety barriers.

Construction zones are considered when there is a requirement for a CMP. 

Diligent assessment is required prior to signing off on a construction zone and is vital to:

  • Ensuring commercial optimisation
  • Equitable community access
  • Legislative compliance
  • Proper maintenance of the asset
  • Environmentally responsible practices, across Council’s property portfolio

Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

When do I need a permit?

There are different set ups for construction zones to delineate the work area and this will be dependent on the site location.  

The most common set ups include:

  1. Water or concrete barriers.
  2. In ground barriers.
  3. Soft construction zone - utilised during working hours and removed outside of these times. This can be delineated by using removable candlestick bollards

A cross section of the proposed construction zone must be submitted as part of the application. Refer to the cross section example.


In some instances, a concrete pad maybe required to be installed within the construction zone area.  A concrete pad may be installed where there is not enough road space and the surface is uneven for vehicles loading/ unloading sites. This may only be installed if the construction zone area is deemed suitable by Council. Details need to be included on the cross section.

How do I apply?

  1. Download the Application Form. Fill it out and save it to your hard drive to upload when submitting your application.  You can only upload PDF, JPEG, JPG documents.   
  2. Read our permit user guide to help with submitting an online application, creating a new login and resetting your password.
  3. Submit your application online.
  4. You will receive automatic verification and an application number which must be used for all future correspondence.           
  5. You will be notified once an assessment has been completed.                  
  6. If your works involve closing any of our roads, you will need to provide 7 days written notification to surrounding residents.  You can download our template courtesy letter to assist with this. All stakeholders within 100m must be notified.  All letters must be stamped approved by Council prior to distribution. Please also attach a map for the proposed delivery are of the notification for approval. Permits will not be activated if the letter has not been approved.

There are 2 options to satisfy the requirement for the notification letter:

  • Distribute a letter 7 days prior to works; or
  • Distribute a monthly notification letter, followed by a notification letter 2 days prior to works. (Construction Management Sites Only).  Please refer to your Planning Permit or visit the Construction Management Plan page on our website.

You can download our user guide on how to prepare a courtesy letter for a road closure for more information

You must include the following information with your application:

  • A plan showing type of protection barriers being used, existing on-street parking arrangements, dimensions and noting all street assets. This includes locations of parking signs, line marking, street trees, vehicle crossing or driveways and property boundaries in relation to the road.
  • Photographs of the nearest existing parking signs to the proposed construction-zone areas. Make sure these signs are noted on your plan.
  • A cross section of the proposed construction zone
  • A cross section of the concrete pad (if required)
  • A safe work method statement addressing public safety.
  • A swept path analysis of vehicle egress/ingress to the construction zone (from nearest arterial road).

Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

How long will the application process take?

If your application is approved, it takes 3–4 weeks for the permit to be issued and signs manufactured.

How can I request an update of my permit application?

You can request an update of your permit application using an online enquiry. A permits officer will respond to your request.

How much will my permit cost?

Permit fees

  • Permit fee: $86.10
  • Occupancy fee
    • Private single dwelling or local shop trader: $5.20 per square metre per week
    • Commercial/Industrial property or two or more units: $9.50 per square metre per week
  • Inspection Fee: $279.50 per week.

City of Yarra’s authorised officers will inspect all permits to ensure works are being conducted safely and in compliance with City of Yarra’s General Local Law, the approved permit and associated Traffic Management Plan.

Sign fees

  • External sign manufacturing: approx $30 to $100 per sign
  • Installation of construction zone & sign reinstatement: $378.30 (1 or 2 signs)       

Parking Fees

Parking Fees may apply if the area you are requesting is a metered parking bay.

  • Occupation of parking bays - parking metre/first day : $66.50
  • Parking metre/each day thereafter: $33.50

Removal of parking sensors

If the works are within the parking bay where sensors are located, the sensors must be removed prior to works. 

View a map of the parking sensor locations. Please note the green indicates the streets where the sensors are installed. 

Download the application form to remove sensors. Once completed, please email to

How do I extend my permit?

 An extension request must be submitted in writing at least 3 business days prior to your permit end date using the following link: Permits and Consents

On the right hand side of the webpage, under I WANT TO click on EXTEND MY PERMIT.

You do not need to login, just fill in the details and follow the prompts.

An additional $130 Fast track fee will apply if less than 1 business days’ notice is given.

Occupation of Council land without a valid permit will result in enforcement action.

Download our user guide on how to extend a permit for more information.