If you plan to place a shipping container temporarily on a footpath, road, or Council reserve, you'll be required to apply for a permit before you do so.
Shipping containers on public land
If you'd like to place a shipping container temporarily on a footpath, road, or Council reserve, you'll be required to apply for a permit before you do so. You'll also be required to provide evidence of public liability insurance.
- a $100 permit fee is required for placement on roads, footpaths, and verges, or,
- a $30 permit fee is required for placement on Council reserves.
To receive a permit to place a shipping container on public land you'll be required to provide us with confirmation of a minimum of $10m in public liability insurance. This is required in the case of any accident, damage or claim resulting from activities relating to the temporary placement of the shipping container. The insurance can either be obtained by yourself or by the company providing you with the shipping container.
Placing a shipping container on any road owned by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) will require written authorisation from that department before you can apply for a permit from us. Permits will then only be considered where there is no reasonable opportunity to place the shipping container on private land and where the activity will not be hazardous to pedestrians or motorists.
Apply for a permit
Shipping containers on private land
Temporarily - less than 30 days
A shipping container does not require Council approval if it is on your land temporarily, for less than 30 days.
Long term - more than 30 days
If you intend to place a shipping container on your land for more than 30 days, you will need to obtain development approval.
If you're unsure, we recommend that you enquire with us to determine next steps.
Apply for development approval
When applying for development approval, you'll need to provide the following as part of your application form:
- dimensions of the container,
- a site plan, and,
- the timeframe for its temporary placement.
You must also demonstrate the activity will not be hazardous to pedestrians or motorists.