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Under the NSW Road Rules 2014 and Local Government Act 1993

Works Zones facilitate construction projects by providing an area for construction vehicles to stand allowing for the efficient operation of construction projects and to minimize traffic disruption.

Vehicles using the zone must be constructed principally for the conveyance of goods (not being station wagons) and be actually engaged in taking up or setting down goods or building materials for the building site.

Works Zones are provided in accordance with the provisions of the NSW Road Rules 2014 (Rule 181) and permit a driver to stop in a Works Zone if:

  • the driver is driving a vehicle that is engaged in construction Works in or near the Works Zone; or
  • dropping off, or picking up, passengers.

Vehicles using the zone must be constructed principally for the conveyance of goods (not being station wagons) and be actually engaged in taking up or setting down goods or building materials for the building site.

Works Zones can only be enforced by Council’s Compliance Officers and Police in accordance with the NSW Road Rules 2014. Vehicles parked illegally in a Works Zone cannot be towed and the roadway cannot be barricaded by the applicant.

Council cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred, should the applicant not be able to gain access to the road space covered by the installed Works Zone.

Please note that the entire approval process including signage installation for a Works Zone will take at least 12 weeks.

Sites Not Suitable for Works Zones

The following locations are generally deemed to be unsuitable for designation as Works Zones:

  • Intersections with traffic lights – within 20m of the intersection
  • Intersections without traffic lights – within 10m of the intersection
  • Pedestrian crossings – within 20m (approach and departure sides)
  • Bus Zones/Bus Stops
  • Transit Lanes or Clearways
  • On a crest or curve or other location where sight distance of the Works Zone is under 50m
  • Works Zones in areas which are signposted as No Parking / No Stopping will only be permitted under exceptional circumstances

Works Zone Application Process and Conditions

  • Applications for a Works Zone on a public road controlled by The Hills Shire Council will be determined by the Council.
  • Applications for a Works Zone on a public road controlled by Transport for NSW (TfNSW)) need to be forwarded to TfNSW for approval.
  • Works Zones on Council roads near traffic signals will require a TfNSW Road Occupancy Permit for the full dates required for the Works Zone.

 

1) The application will be considered by Council in consultation with TfNSW and the Police at the Local Traffic Committee. This process will generally take 10-12 weeks.

2) Once a determination has been made, you will be advised in writing of the outcome of this application, including, as may be applicable, any conditions to the Works Zone and the fees. The expiry date of the Works Zone will be calculated from the date the signs are installed by Council’s sign installer.

3) Works Zone fees must be paid in full before the Works Zone will be installed by Council. The Works Zone will only become active after the signs have been installed. Payment for the Works Zone will constitute acceptance of the Works Zone Approval Conditions.

4) The signs will be removed on the expiry date as advised (unless an extension has been approved – see ‘Extension of Works Zone’ below)

5) Should you wish to suspend the Works Zone once it has been installed, you must contact Council in writing, a minimum of two weeks in advance. Council, at its sole discretion may allow the suspension of the Works Zone. The applicant will be advised in writing.

6) It is an offence under Section 667 of the Local Government Act to willfully remove, destroy, deface, damage or otherwise interfere with notices or signs erected by Council. A minimum penalty of $2,200 applies.

7) If a builder/ developer uses any additional parking (outside the Works Zone) during construction, the applicable fee will be charged.

8) The applicant must provide safe pedestrian access adjacent to the Works Zone during the hours of operation. All traffic and pedestrian control shall be in accordance with the current version of AS1742.3 and its associated handbooks; and RMS’ Traffic Control at Works Sites Manual.

9) Goods and materials are not to be stored in Works Zones. Skip garbage bins are not to be stored in Works Zones.

10) Mobile cranes and concrete pumps may be used within the Works Zone area subject to the following conditions:

  • The plant must be wholly contained (lengthwise) within the Works Zone area
  • The plant must not exceed 2.5m in width
  • A minimum 3m of clearance is available between the outside edge of the plant and any centerline markings/ obstructions

If the mobile crane and/or concrete pump cannot meet the above conditions, a separate Temporary Road Occupancy application must be submitted to Council.

11) You must comply with all conditions of the Works Zone permit. Penalties apply for breaches of the conditions. The Hills Shire Council reserves the right to cancel the Works Zone at any time and install No Stopping restrictions should the applicant not comply with the approval conditions as stated in this application and the approval letter.

12) If payment is not received within six (6) months of the date of the letter of approval (refer 2 above) the application will be deemed to have lapsed. Requests to install the Works Zone after the approval has lapsed will be subject to a new application and processing time frame. Requests to place the Works Zone installation on hold may be granted at the discretion of Council officers and may require full payment for the Works Zone at that time.

Extension of Works Zone

If you require an extension of an approved period, you must write to Council stating the reason for requesting the extension, at least 12 weeks before the expiry date. Once a Works Zone has expired, the signs will be removed. Reinstatement will require a new application, approval and further fees.

Apply for a Works Zone

About this Application Form

This form is to be used to apply for a Works Zone on a public road within the Hills Shire Council Local Government Area (LGA).

There is an application fee payable before a Works Zone is considered by the Local Traffic Committee and Council. After an assessment of the information provided you will be contacted for payment of the application fee and advised of the other Works Zone fees payable if the Works Zone is approved. Payment of fees does not guarantee approval of the Works Zone which must be referred to the Local Traffic Committee and Council for approval.

Please note that the entire approval process including signage installation for a Works Zone will take at least 12 weeks.

To complete this application you will also require:
  • A copy of your CTMP (if applicable)
  • A detailed plan showing the location and dimensions of the proposed Works Zone.

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I'd like to Apply for an Extension of the Works Zone

If you require an extension of an approved period, you must write to Council stating the reason for requesting the extension, at least 12 weeks before the expiry date.

Once a Works Zone has expired, the signs will be removed.

Reinstatement will require a new application, approval and further fees.

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