Commercial vehicle access

Council may need to issue approval if you require vehicle access on public land or roads. You may need approval for: 

  • access to jetties (for example delivering goods to a boat or setting up fireworks) 
  • beach access (commercial fishing only) 
  • helicopter landings
  • access to private property through Council-controlled land (commercial applicants only).

Council regulates these activities to ensure they are carried out safely while taking other public space users and residents into consideration, and to maintain the purpose and amenity of our public spaces.

You will need to apply with all supporting documentation at least 30 business days before you need access. This allows time to review your submission, request any further information, conduct a final assessment and make a decision.

Once all supporting documents have been provided, your application will be reviewed and assessed under the Commercial Use of Public Land and Roads Local Law 2023. 

Commercial fisher access is only permitted at Red Beach and Skirmish Point, Bribie Island, and Suttons Beach, Redcliffe. Permits for the general public to drive on the beach are issued by Queensland Parks and Wildlife.

How to apply

Step 1.Complete a risk management plan

Complete the Risk management plan template(DOCX, 927KB).

Step 2.Prepare a site plan

Prepare a site plan using the Commercial vehicle site plan template(DOCX, 51KB).

Step 3.Take out public liability insurance

Evidence of a current public liability insurance policy to the value of $20,000,000, in the same name as the applicant, should be provided with your application.

Step 4.Collect supporting documents 

You may need to provide other documents and licences, depending on your business. If applicable, provide:

  • copies of current vehicle registration certificates for all nominated vehicles
  • copies of comprehensive insurance documents
  • a copy of a current Queensland Commercial Fisher Licence
  • copies of relevant flight and/or landing approvals from the relevant approval authority. 

Step 5.Review conditions

Make sure you review and understand the Commercial use of public land and roads conditions(PDF, 549KB). Specific conditions may be added after your application has been assessed. 

Step 6.Review fees and charges 

In accordance with Council's fees and charges, an application fee of T1206 is payable at the time of application. Council will contact you for payment.

There are other fees that may be payable. These are:

  • a T1194 annual commercial fee. This fee is charged on a pro-rata monthly basis to 30 September.
  • a T1209 annual renewal fee.

The renewal period for approval is from 1 October to 30 September.

Charities and not-for-profit organisations are exempt from paying fees if evidence is provided.

Step 7.Submit an application form  

Download and complete the Commercial use of public land and roads(PDF, 915KB) application form and submit along with your supporting documents:

The applicant for an approval must be a legal entity, such as an individual, company, incorporated body, unincorporated body, partnership, body corporate or trustee.