Roads and Works permits

Infrastructure NSW may issue permits or approvals for works, events and activities in the public domain and on the road.
Permits issued are under two main pieces of legislation, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority Act 2009 and the Roads Act 1993. Since 1 July 2019, Infrastructure NSW is the declared Road Authority for the roads marked in red: Download map (pdf)

As the Road Authority, the Infrastructure NSW is responsible for making sure all roadworks are safely carried out while allowing residents, visitors, workers, and traffic in the area to continue to use the streets and public areas.

Infrastructure NSW also has a role in coordinating utilities works across the different developments in collaboration with utilities organisations to minimise disruption where possible.

A permit is required for any works where on roads and streets (including craning, hoisting, use of cherry pickers and EWPs) or next to a road (for example, on the footpath or shoulder of the road).

Types of permits include:

  • Temporary Works (this permit is required for any works);
  • Temporary Structures (for scaffolding, hoarding etc.);
  • Temporary Road Closures (partial or full);
  • Crane Operations (includes cranes, scissor-lifts, EWPs, cherry-pickers etc);
  • Works Zones (exclusive use of road space for works over a particular timeframe – requires temporary signposting changes);
  • Road Opening (for works that require opening of the road or road-related area);
  • Vehicular Crossing Access (where vehicles are required to access a worksite over a public space);
  • Temporary Ground Anchors (where the anchoring enters the sub-stratum of the road corridor); and
  • Utilities Works (for relocation and works on utilities).

Public domain works

Infrastructure NSW manages the public domain including Barangaroo Reserve and the commercial, shopping and dining hub at the southern end of the precinct.

Any works in the public domain require a permit.

Works may include general maintenance, defect work, delivery of plant or materials to buildings, installation of street furniture, hoardings, or concrete pours.

Information required before applying

When planning any works, including pre-work, please consider the requirements of each permit and the application and approval process for each.

Infrastructure NSW will only start the assessment of an application following receipt of all required documents. Please note the minimum processing time for permits following receipt of all documents is two business days.

Inquiries may be emailed to

Pre-work may include ordering street signs, preparing community notifications, dilapidation reports, or getting an arborist report. The permit application may also require supporting information such as utility designs, Dial Before You Dig reports, design drawings, traffic control plans, traffic signal plan revisions.

Fees and charges are applied to your permit and must paid once the permit will be issued. If the permit application is refused, only the application fee will apply. More information on fees and charges can be obtained by downloading this document. 

While Infrastructure NSW issues permits, if works are carried out on the road, then a Road Occupancy Licence (ROL) from the Transport Management Centre is also required. Applications may take up to 10 days for processing and can be made online using OPLINC. (Note: The Transport Management Centre will only process an application once Infrastructure NSW is satisfied with the application).

More information on ROLs 

Road openings and restorations, footpath works and other infrastructure works are to City of Sydney specifications, unless otherwise required by Infrastructure NSW or another authority. See current specifications including drawings.

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If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact us by email:

Permit Application forms

Forms and supporting material can be downloaded here.


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