Development Engineering Standards

1. Overview

Following a Development Consent a Subdivision Works Certificate (SWC) may be required. Obtaining a SWC requires making an application through the NSW Planning Portal. The application must include:

  • complete set of engineering drawings
  • any information requested in the development permit, i.e. reports, studies, etc. Or evidence that such reports have already been approved.
  • relevant supporting documentation
  • electronic copies of stormwater modelling files
  • details of any non-conforming designs and justification for proposing use 

Where drawings or amended drawings have been approved, it is an offence to make any amendments to these drawings and issue them as drawings purporting to have been approved by Council.

2. Works in Road Reserve Including Vehicle Access Points

A person must not

  • erect a structure or carry out a work in, on or over a public road, or
  • dig up or disturb the surface of a public road, or
  • remove or interfere with a structure, work or tree on a public road, or
  • pump water into a public road from any land adjoining the road, or
  • connect a road (whether public or private) to a classified road,

otherwise, than with the consent of the appropriate roads authority. Consent is gained through the issuing of a Section 138 Roads Act Consent. Application for a consent is now through the NSW Planning Portal.

Most new property developments will require a vehicle crossing from the street to the property over Council’s verge and so require a section 138 Roads Act Consent (RA) before carrying out any works within the road reserve.  Obtaining an RA requires making an application through the NSW Planning Portal. The application must include:

  • A complete set of drawings of proposed works in the road reserve. These drawings may be based on Council’s standard drawings for vehicles crossings modified to suite the existing situation.
  • relevant supporting documentation as indicated in the development consent.
  • details of any non-conforming designs and justification for proposing use 

3. Master Plans

Bellingen Shire Council has produced several development master plans and servicing strategies to assist in a holistic development approach to key areas of development within the shire.

North Bellingen Sewer Servicing Strategy(PDF, 629KB)

South Urunga Sewer Serving Strategy(PDF, 2MB)

South Urunga Traffic Master Plan(PDF, 3MB)

4. Engineering Guidelines

Bellingen Shire Council has produced several development guidelines to assist in the development approval and construction process and delivery of high-quality community assets.

Compensatory Earthworks Guideline(PDF, 876KB)

As Executed Guideline(PDF, 184KB)

Rural Road Guideline(PDF, 146KB)

6. Development Specifications

Council has adopted the AUS SPEC series of Specifications to describe the planning and design standards and the construction standards to be met for new civil engineering infrastructure associated with subdivisions and development works.

Council has also produced and adopted “Standard Conditions for Engineering Works Associated with Development - AUS-SPEC Cover Document”.  This document provides the context for the AUS-SPEC Standards as well as well as introducing other relevant Council documents and guidelines.

Council, as a subscriber to the NATSPEC service, makes these standards available to users who accept the following terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions - Use of AUS-SPEC Publications

  1. NATSPEC retains copyright of all AUS-SPEC material.
  2. Bellingen Shire Council grants a non-exclusive Licence to the end user for the use of Councils edited version of AUS-SPEC Specifications and hereafter referred to as "AUS-SPEC".
  3. AUS-SPEC will only be used for works where Bellingen Shire Council is a Consent Authority for, or owner or operator or manager of, assets, or consultant to same.
  4. No copying or modification of AUS-SPEC documents is permitted
  5. The end user shall be responsible for the correct application of AUS-SPEC. The end user acknowledges that NATSPEC and Bellingen Shire Council have no control over and cannot influence the circumstances in which AUS-SPEC may be used by the end user and, accordingly, the end user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless NATSPEC and Bellingen Shire Council against all actions, suits, proceedings, claims, demands, costs or losses whatsoever which may be brought, commenced or made against them, either jointly or separately, or which may be suffered by them or any of them in respect of the use of AUS-SPEC.
  6. Designers needing to modify an AUS-SPEC based specification must become AUS-SPEC Subscribers. Breach of copyright may be interpreted by the courts as making an illegal specification, hence making it invalid. Become a subscriber at the NATSPEC website.
  7. This License is personal and shall not be assigned, and the end user shall not allow any other person to use or have access to AUS-SPEC.
  8. This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of New South Wales.
  9. These Licence conditions are deemed to have been accepted by the end user.

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