Ground anchors for temporary shoring and support on Council land

You require approval from Bayside Council if you plan to install temporary ground anchors in a public road to support excavation below the existing road surface level.

We support two types of ground anchors:

  • Strand ground anchors – has steel strands or cables to provide structures like retaining walls with lateral support. Anchors are installed by drilling, grouting, and tensioning, and remain in the ground after cutting the strands
  • Screw ground anchors – has helical plates to support vertical and horizontal loads, and are rotated by reversing the installation process which leaves the site anchor free due to their straightforward extraction method.

We can’t provide approval for the installation of ground anchors under private property. A separate access agreement with each affected landowner must be obtained.

We have no statutory obligation to ensure that the access agreements with the private landowners have been obtained prior to issuing approval.

Supporting documentation

We require lodgement of all plans and supporting documentation in digital form as PDF documents. Check the Lodgement Guidelines for Engineering Applications.

  • Ground Anchors Detailed Arrangement Plan – Construction plan showing the general arrangement of all ground anchors, including details of location, numbers, length, depth, and angle of inclination.
  • Structural Engineering Drawings – Typical sections and connection details designed by a qualified structural engineer, which provides details for the type, strength, and manufacturing specifications of the ground anchors.
  • Structural Engineering Certificate – A certificate issued by a professional engineer, holding registration on the National Engineer’s Register (NER) in the appropriate category of registration, such as civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering etc.
  • Geotechnical Engineering Report – A geotechnical report prepared by a qualified geotechnical engineer which includes the following information:
    • Inspection reports or borehole/test pit logs.
    • Recommendations for stability and protection of excavations.
    • Methodology of assessing and confirming foundation, underpinning and/or excavation stability in accordance with the design.
  • Certificate of Currency – A Certificate of Currency must identify the proposed permit holder as the insured party, with the value of Public Liability Insurance being no less than $20,000,000. The Certificate of Currency must have an expiry date at least three (3) months later than the finish date for the proposed work activity.
  • TfNSW Approval – Written consent from TfNSW for approval of the installation of proposed ground anchors under a Classified Road.

Apply online

Press theApply online button to start the application process, you will be asked to make a payment to complete lodgement.

Payments made by MasterCard or Visa incur a service fee of 0.5%

Apply in person

Download and print the application form, and lodge when completed to any of our Customer Service Centres.

Fees and charges

Payments made by MasterCard or Visa incur a service fee of 0.5%.

A non-refundable application fee is required at submission. The assessment of the application will not commence until the application fee has been paid.

We will advise of the remaining fees during review and assessment of the application. Payment will be required prior to any approval. See our Fees and Charges.

Fees at lodgement

Application fee $ 308.00 Per strand anchor
Inspection fee (for first 2 inspections) $550.00 Per application

Fees after lodgement

Installation of removeable screw anchors under Bayside Council’s Road reserve

$215.00 Per anchor
Installation of strand anchors under Bayside Council’s Road reserve  $1,000.00 Per anchor
Inspection fee  $275.00 Per inspection
Security deposit for removal of anchors $20,000.00 per application

After lodgement

Once your application is received you may be contacted for further information.

Your application is not a permit to undertake work. Your permit will only be issued after assessment, approval and outstanding fees are paid in full.

A minimum period of 10 working days is required to assess the application.  Longer processing times are required for large works or for activities on Classified roads, which require the concurrence from relevant stakeholders.

If you have any questions, contact on 1300 581 299 Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5pm

Similar applications

If you propose to discharge extracted ground water from the site into the drainage system including road gutters, pits, and pipes you will need to apply for a  Temporary dewatering application