City works

To maintain public safety and the coordination of space, permits are required to undertake commercial maintenance or construction works in the public realm.

When do I need a City Works Permit?

City of Adelaide issues permission through City Works Permits and agreements, in accordance with Section 221 & 222 of the Local Government Act and other relevant legislation.

    City Work Guidelines

    To assist you in planning your work activities, we have developed a suite of City Works Guides:

    City Works Guide # 1: - Works in the Public Realm
    A guide for road and footpath occupation, compounds, pedestrian raceways, hoarding, and parking.

    City Works Guide # 2: Works Impacting Council Assets
    A guide for trees, roads, footpaths, kerbing, stormwater, lighting and electrical

    City Works Guide # 3 – Managing Demolition and Construction
    A guide for demolition and construction from the public realm, scaffolding and catch platforms

    City Works Guide # 4 - Concrete Pumps and Pours
    ​A guide for concrete pumps and pours

    City Works Guide # 5 – Cranes and Elevated Work Platforms
    A guide for cranes, mobile cranes, crane trucks, elevated work platforms

    City Works Guide #6 - Ladders, Industrial Bins and Shipping Containers
    ​A guide for ladders, industrial bins and shipping containers

    These guides will soon replace the current City Works Guidelines.


    A fee is applicable for any City Works permit. The specific cost varies depending on the type of permit you are applying for.

    Please refer to the city works fees and charges schedule. 

    How to apply

    You can apply for a City Works Permit online. 

    The following information must be supplied with your application so it can be processed: 

    • City Works Permit Application Form 
    • A certificate of currency of your Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of $20 million, noting City of Adelaide as an interested party.
    • A Traffic Management Plan/ Site Plan (a map which details the location of the works, street, property line, hoarding/mesh, lighting, pedestrian signs, spotters, distances etc.)
    • Confirmation of consultation that has been undertaken with any/all affected parties in the area of your works.

    For assistance in filling out the City Works application form, refer to the Guide to Completing City Works Permit.

    Please collate the above information and return the application and details to:

    City Works, GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001

    Please be advised that a minimum lead time of two full business days are required to assess all applications in order to ensure permits are issued in a timely manner to enable customers to plan and organise their works

    Application time

    All efforts are made to assess permit applications as quickly as possible. To prevent delays in your application, please provide everything requested in the section above, with as much detail as possible. Assessments can be delayed when we need to contact you to obtain more information.

    Simple/Minor Works permit applications can usually be assessed within 2 business days

    • ladders
    • bins/shipping containers
    • minor road and footpath occupations
    • works which don’t require any notification/consultation or dilapidation reports

    All other works please allow 2-5 business days for your application to be assessed

    • concrete pours, installation and removal of hoardings and cranes, excavation and trenching
    • any work associated with a SPOC Site (major development)
    • works requiring notification/consultation
    • works requiring dilapidation reports
    • major traffic management
    • any works on DPTI prescribed roads

    Situations may arise in which an application may be delayed or works will need to be rescheduled. Please contact us if you have any concerns in relation to your permit application.

    Level of consultation required

    You are required to notify adjoining owners and occupiers as well as any other local stakeholders in the area who would be affected by your work activity in the following instances:

    • If street occupation is required in front of a property other than the primary address where associated work activity is being carried out.
    • If the work activity affects the local environment of a property, including access, noise, dust and visibility.
    • As directed by an officer of the City of Adelaide.

    Notification letters must be provided to all impacted stakeholders at least 24hrs prior to the commencement of works.

    Notification letters must contain all relevant details about the work including a site map of the work area, a description of the work activity, dates/times and a site contact (including 24hr if applicable).

    If a proposed work activity cannot be undertaken without directly impacting a neighbour or other stakeholder and all reasonable alternatives have been considered, you will be required to consult with the impacted stakeholders and provide them an opportunity to raise concerns. If the impacted stakeholders agree to the works being carried out as proposed, we will request confirmation of this in writing, to be provided by the applicant before the application can be approved.

    Stakeholder consultation is required when:

    • Vehicle or pedestrian access to a business or residence will be restricted for any period
    • Transport infrastructure or access to it will be restricted or required to be relocated
    • As directed by an officer of the City of Adelaide.

    Stakeholder consultation letters must be provided to all impacted stakeholders at least 48hrs prior to the commencement of works. A copy of the letter and all confirmation replies are to be forwarded to the City of Adelaide for the application to be approved. Consultation letters must contain all relevant details about the work including a site map of the work area, a description of the work activity, dates/times and a site contact (including 24hr if applicable).

    In accordance with Section 223(1) of the Local Government Act 1999 and the City of Adelaide Community Consultation Policy (see Table 1, column 14) if proposed works are to impede traffic to a ‘material degree’, then the City Works application will be subject to public consultation for a minimum of 21 days.

    We will manage the consultation process, which will include an advert in the newspaper and appearing online. Applications open for consultation can be viewed on our Your Say Adelaide page.

    What does this mean for you?

    The application process has not changed, however, if you think your activity is likely to impede the passage of traffic to a material degree, please allow a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks prior to the intended commencement of your activity to ensure your application can be assessed and the required consultation undertaken.

    Alternatively, if possible or appropriate you may also choose to consider how to achieve your outcomes without impeding traffic to a material degree and hence require consultation. We are happy to discuss this with you, noting it will not always be possible.

    For more information on how assessments will be determined, please view our City Works Public Consultation Guide.

    Need more information?

    If you have any questions about City Works Permits or the application process, please contact the City Works team:

    8203 7203