What is a hoarding and why is it required?

Hoardings form a protective barrier between public thoroughfares and construction sites to close off portions of a public footway.  They can include fences and/or scaffolds at ground level as well as overhead protective structures.

What are the different types of hoardings?

There are three hoardings classifications:

  • Type "A" are vertical protective structures constructed in plywood timber or other approved materials and are at least 2.1 metres in height. (Builders Temporary Construction fencing is not suitable for use as hoarding)
  • Type "B" refers to overhead protective structures
  • Type "C" refers to type "B" hoardings with overhead sheds or storage

Where is hoarding to be located?

Hoardings should be located as close as possible to the boundary line of the property. In some cases, Council may allow hoardings to encroach over part of a Council nature strip, provided that adequate space is provided for pedestrians to walk past the site.

Type B and C Hoarding applications should be prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice - Overhead Protective Structures by Safework NSW – accessed here.

How do I apply for a hoarding?

If you would like to apply to erect a hoarding please complete submit an application via the NSW Planning Portal.

Please ensure that your application includes details/plans of the proposed hoarding to be used including a sketch of the proposed layout of the footpath area with an area nominated for pedestrian access. Your application should also show the location of the hoarding around the property on a site plan, and show the height of the fence.

Documentation required to be submitted with Hoarding Application

  • Nominate Type of Hoarding Proposed – Type A, B or C
  • Nominate specific dates and timeframes for the hoarding to be in place
  • Photographs or brochures of the crane/equipment (where applicable)
  • Plans of the proposed hoarding and crane structure, must be to scale and include elevations and accurately locate elements within Council road reserve (i.e. trees, driveway crossings, telecommunications, parking meters, signs, mail boxes and the like)
  • Details of any equipment to be installed
  • Engineers statement (Type B & C only)
  • Certificate of Currency
  • Certified Traffic Control Plan in accordance with AS1742.3 (required where hoarding affects or impacts traffic or pedestrians around traffic in any way)
  • What are the fees to apply for a hoarding?

    Fees for hoarding applications are outlined in Council's fees and charges. (PDF 1.7MB)