Territory and Municipal Services


Driveways – Building Approval

Approval is required for constructing a new driveway, adding a second driveway or modifying an existing driveway. The same approval form is required for stormwater easements and waste assessments.

Driveways from the edge of the road to the property boundary are located on territory land. It is important that design and construction of all driveways on territory land comply with Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Design standard for driveways(PDF 170KB). These documents are intended to ensure the safety and serviceability of the driveway.

Categories of driveway approvals

There are four categories of driveway approvals:

  • exempt track (approval through TAMS);
  • code track (approval through TAMS);
  • merit track (approval through ACTPLA); and
  • impact assessment track (approval through ACTPLA).

For more information about these categories visit Which track will my DA be in? and Exemption from development approval.
A TAMS application is required if you are constructing a new driveway, adding a second driveway or modifying an existing driveway under the ‘exempt track’ or ‘code track’ categories. You must obtain approval from TAMS located at Macarthur House, 12 Wattle Street Lyneham ACT.
A TAMS application is not required if you are constructing a new driveway, adding a second driveway or modifying an existing driveway under the ‘merit track’ and ‘impact assessment track’ categories. Please lodge your development application to ACTPLA.

Site plan

Before you start construction or modification of your driveway you are required to submit a copy of your site plan showing the design details of the proposed driveway to TAMS Asset Acceptance.
Please make sure the site plan includes the following:

  • property boundary;
  • road kerb line;
  • road name you are accessing from and the;
  • size, type and distance of canopy/dripline from the driveway of any trees; and
  • distance of any services from the driveway (stormwater sumps, light poles, transformers etc).

Application forms

Application forms for driveways, stormwater easements and waste assessments can be completed at the same time and lodged via the TAMS Building Application—Statement of Endorsement and/or Compliance Form
Once your application form and payment is received, you will be provided with an electronic receipt along with an email address where you can submit your plans electronically. For more information about fees and charges visit the Lodging a TAMS Development Form.

Driveway requirements

The driveway must be:

  • Outside the canopy/dripline of old or mature trees
  • A minimum of 3 m clear of small and new trees
  • 1.2 m clear of sumps and other services,
  • 1.5 m clear of transformers, mini pillars and street lights
  • 6 metres clear of Tangent Point (TP) or corner block
  • On a site with a proposed uphill grade less than 17%
  • On a site with a proposed downhill grade less than 12%
  • At a right angle to the kerb line (max 1:10 deviation)
  • All concrete is to be Grade 32 (32 Mpa)
  • Driveways are NOT to be constructed using "exposed aggregate"
  • Footpaths are to take precedence over the driveway and are to remain continuous
  • You must also ensure that you are not making any alterations to a nominated heritage site.

More information

We have attached the following pamphlets, design standards and plans for your convenience:

Once approval for alterations to your driveway has been given you will be contacted by TAMS. You are then permitted to proceed with your work to the sub-base or form-work stage (before concrete or pavers have been put in place). At this point the driveway will need to be inspected by either an independent engineer or an officer from TAMS.

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