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Welcome to Cessnock City Council's Public Roads page.  This page will provide you with information about activities or doing work on or within a public road reserve in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).  Cessnock City Council (CCC) aims to ensure that activities and work on our roads:

  • Are carried out safely
  • Minimise impact on traffic, and
  • Maintain valuable public assets.

Road Reserve

The public road reserve extends from private property boundary to boundary and includes the carriageway, road shoulders, verges, nature strips, gutters, and footpaths.

(NSW) Roads Act 1993

Approval is required when carrying out an activity or doing work within a road reserve.   Under the Roads Act, CCC is the Roads Authority for all roads in the Cessnock LGA.  CCC assesses applications for activities and work within the road reserve.

What Activities or Work Need Consent?

In the interest of public safety, and maintaining the condition of public assets all activities or works carried out in a public road reserve require approval, consent or a permit. The type of approval, consent, permit and application form to be used depends on which Section of the Act applies.

 Activity or Work:  Section of Act  Information and application form
Temporary closure
  • For certain road works
  • To regulate traffic for a Road Event
Temporary Activity
  • For festival, procession or entertainment
  • Fundraising activities
  • Parade or march Use of mobile facilities such as Mobile Blood Bank
 S122 Road Event / Activity Application Form
Road Event Information Kit
Footway Restaurant
  • Placement of tables and chairs
  • Umbrellas and the like
Footway Restaurant Application Form

Footway Restaurant Information Kit

Vehicle Access Crossing
  • Driveways
  • Access

Vehicle Access Crossing Application Form
Vehicle Access Crossing Information Kit

Erection of Structure
  • Fixed furniture
  • Hoarding or scaffold
  • Some signs
 S138 Roads Act Application Form
Road Opening
  • Digging up the road surface
  • Laying underground pipes
  • Under boring
  • Tapping into water mains
  • Laying sewer or stormwater pipes
S138 Roads Act Application Form
Construction Works
  • Footpaths or cycle ways
  • Extending or constructing a lane, or widening road shoulders
  • Kerb and gutter, pits, lintels, or drainage infrastructure
  • Retaining structures
 S138 Roads Act Application Form
Construction Activities
  • Loading and unloading using mobile plant
  • Concrete pumps, agitators and the like
  • Swinging a hoist or crane over the road reserve
S138  Roads Act Application Form
Street Vending
  • Street stalls
  • Markets
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Activities for advertising

Street Vending Application Form
Street Vending Information Kit

Road Event
  • Cycle race, run
 S144 Road Event / Activity Application Form
Road Event Information Kit
  • Filming activities involving lane or road closures
  • Filming from an adjacent vehicle
  For further information contact Screen Hunter
Vineyard Maps and Fingerboard Signs     

Vineyard Maps and Fingerboard Signs Application Form
Frequently Asked Questions 

Approved Temporary Road Events / Activities


Event/Activity Name Dates/s Affected Roads Link to Map
Wollombi Village Markets            Every Sunday till 03 Sept 2017 Wollombi Road, WOLLOMBI  Map
 Lovedale Long Lunch

Saturday 20 May 2017 & Sunday 21 May 2017 – 10.00 AM To 04.00 PM

Lovedale Road, LovedaleTalga Road, LovedaleWilderness Road, Lovedale  

When Consent is Not Needed?

Consent is not required:

  • When all works, including loading and unloading using machinery such as backhoes, cranes, concrete trucks and the like are carried out wholly within the boundaries of private property,
  • Anything done under the provisions of the Pipelines Act 1967, or

  • Under any other provision of an Act, that expressly excludes the operation of Section 138.

Public Utilities

Projects that are conducted under State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (SEPP) and relevant Memorandum of Understanding between Council and relevant bodies.

The general public may at times be temporally inconvenienced as a result of works on public roads and footpaths being carried out by or on behalf of public authorities / utilities please note that under SEPP Infrastructure 2007 Council authorisation or approval is not required to be such public authorities/utilities prior to commencement or completion of such works.  Any inconveniences are regretted and will be kept to a minimum.


Ausgrid and its predecessors have been supplying electricity since 1904. We provide a safe and reliable electricity supply to more than 1.6 million homes and businesses across Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter regions.


Ausgrid’s main activities are:

  • Asset ownership and management of the electricity distribution and transmission network

  • Infrastructure-related construction and maintenance services

  • A range of other services, including street lighting, safety check-ups, energy reviews, metering and 24-hour electrical repairs.

  • Power outages can happen at any time. That's why we're always ready to safely restore your electricity supply as quickly as we can.


Ausgrid will fix any problems with their electricity network in the street. If needed, they will send an emergency officer to your home or business to make sure our equipment is operating correctly, free of charge.

If their equipment is operating correctly, you can choose for their officer to investigate the problem at your home or business for a fee, or you can contact an electrician of your choice.


Their priority is to attend to dangerous electrical hazards in the community.  An emergency officer may not get to your home or business until after these jobs.  Report hazards by calling 13 13 88.


Hunter Water

Hunter Water endeavours to provide continuous water supply to its customers, however on occasions they are required to interrupt the water network for maintenance, new developments or emergency repair.

Planned Outages: These are to accommodate maintenance and new developments.  They will provide a letter box drop notice for domestic customers at least two days from the outage and commercial customers at least seven days from the outage


Unplanned Outages: These are unforeseen circumstances where a watermain breaks or there is another issue with the system that leads to a water outage.  They place a notification on our website at the time the event occurs, and aim to give an estimated repair time.


If you require more information call 1300 657 000

Jemena Asset Management Pty Ltd (JAM)

Jemena Asset Management Pty Ltd (JAM) manages licensed pipelines on behalf of Jemena Gas Networks (NSW) Ltd, ActewAGL Distribution Ltd, and Jemena Colongra Pty Ltd.


JAM has the responsibility of ensuring that you and other landowners and/or their tenants are aware of the presence and safety requirements of buried high-pressure natural gas pipelines on their property.


If you have any questions or concerns about pipelines please contanct Jemena Emergency Response Centre on 131 909 and they will direct your call to the Pipeline Patrol Officer for your area.


A Telstra technician can be sent to your home to solve network faults, however if your personal equipment or internal wiring is faulty you may be charged a fee for an ‘Incorrect Callout’. To avoid this fee, you can conduct an isolation test to determine whether the problem is with your equipment or wiring by following these steps:

  1. Unplug all equipment used for your home phone service (e.g. phones, answering machines, modems etc.) and wait ten seconds

  2. Plug one standard, working home phone into one socket

  3. If there’s no problem, reconnect each piece of equipment, one by one, into the working socket

  4. If the fault reoccurs it’s likely to be caused by the last piece of equipment plugged in

  5. Repeat the same process for any additional wall sockets in the property connected to the phone line

  6. If all the equipment works on the first wall socket but the fault reoccurs at another socket in the property, you may have faulty internal wiring or a problem with the wall socket, in which case you may need to call an electrician.