Development & design

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Development & Design Manual

The Northern Rivers Local Government Development Design and Construction Manual is a collaboration between Lismore City Council, Ballina Shire Council, Kyogle Shire Council, Richmond Valley Council, Clarence Valley Council, and Byron Shire Council.

It serves as a resource that provides uniform development standards across the Northern Rivers area through a comprehensive set of guidelines for design and construction of development infrastructure.

The manual is intended to benefit both the community and the development industry by providing clear instructions for infrastructure requirements in the region. It is based on the Aus-spec Development Specification series, but has been tailored to meet the specific needs of the Northern Rivers area.

The manual is intended to be used by the development industry before planning begins, which will facilitate faster and more efficient processing of developments through council.

Specification No. Specification Title
Mission Statement Mission Statement(PDF, 25KB)
Index Index(PDF, 16KB)
Guidelines Guidelines for Development and Subdivision of Land(PDF, 334KB)
DQS Quality Assurance Requirements for Design(PDF, 106KB)
D1 Geometric Road Design (Urban and Rural)(PDF, 595KB)
D1.37 and D1.38 Handbook for Driveway Access to Property(PDF, 113KB)
D2 Pavement Design(PDF, 115KB)
D3 Structures/Bridge Design(PDF, 51KB)
D4 Subsurface Drainage Design(PDF, 96KB)
D5 Stormwater Drainage Design(PDF, 306KB)
D6 Site Regrading(PDF, 59KB)
D7 Erosion Control and Stormwater Management(PDF, 226KB)
D8 Waterfront Development(PDF, 206KB)
D9 Cycleway and Pathway Design(PDF, 48KB)
D10 Handbook of Stormwater Drainage Design(PDF, 2MB)
D11 Water Supply(PDF, 113KB)
D12 Sewerage System(PDF, 103KB)

Standard Drawings

Council's standard drawings for works associated with developments as required by conditions of development consent.


C-00B Northern Rivers Local Government Standard Drawings Schedule(PDF, 186KB)

R-01B Typical Cross-section Urban Roads(PDF, 91KB)

R-02C Typical Cross-section Bi-level Road(PDF, 97KB)

R-03C Kerb and Gutter and Edge Restraint Profiles(PDF, 79KB)

R-04C Kerb Ramp(PDF, 254KB)

R-05D Residential Driveway Layouts and Layback Vehicular Crossing for Kerbed Roads(PDF, 263KB)

R-06D Residential Driveway Longitudinal Grading Details(PDF, 79KB)

R-07B Concrete Footpath Detail(PDF, 226KB)

R-08A Kerb and Gutter Drainage Connections(PDF, 53KB)

R-09B Subsurface Drainage(PDF, 123KB)

R-10A Typical Service Conduit Sections(PDF, 137KB)

R-11A Typical Service Conduit and Markers Sections(PDF, 98KB)

R-12A Street Signs(PDF, 78KB)

R-13B Typical Cross-section Rural and Rural Residential Roads(PDF, 110KB)

R-14C Driveways and Vehicular Crossings Non Kerb and Gutter(PDF, 108KB)

R-15D Rural Driveway Longitudinal Grading Details for Non Kerbed Roads(PDF, 265KB)

R-16B Driveway & Vehicular Crossings for Non Kerbed Roads – Sloped Headwalls(PDF, 89KB)


SW-01A Side Entry Gully Pit and Antiponding – Lip in Line(PDF, 825KB)

SW-02B Manholes, Field Inlet Pits Grated Inlet/Junction Pit Details(PDF, 200KB)

SW-03A Field Inlet Pit Domed Top Cover(PDF, 141KB)

SW-04A Security Grate for Stormwater Outlets(PDF, 165KB)

SW-05A Step Iron Details(PDF, 139KB)

SW-06A Pipe Installation Conditions(PDF, 134KB)

SW-07A Hydraulic Capture Charts, Lip in Line, on Grade Gully Pit, Mountable Kerb(PDF, 277KB)

SW-08A Hydraulic Capture Charts, Lip in Line, on Grade Gully Pit, Upright Kerb(PDF, 274KB)

SW-09A Hydraulic Capture Charts, Lip in Line, SAG Gully Pit, 2400, 3600 & 4800 Lintels(PDF, 189KB)

Sample Drawings

Sample Drawings Disclaimer(PDF, 9KB)

1 NRDC SAMPLES Cover Sheet(PDF, 218KB)

2 NRDC SAMPLES R & D Plan 2008-006-05(PDF, 564KB)

3 NRDC SAMPLES SW Lsect 2008-006-06(PDF, 362KB)

4 NRDC SAMPLES Sew Plan 2008-006-12(PDF, 517KB)

5 NRDC SAMPLES Sew Lsect 2008-006-14(PDF, 250KB)

6 NRDC SAMPLES Water Plan 2008-006-18(PDF, 322KB)

7 NRDC SAMPLES Int Details 2008-006-19(PDF, 430KB)

8 NRDC SAMPLES R3 Long XSec 2008-006-29(PDF, 278KB)

9 NRDC SAMPLES catchment plan 2008-006-31(PDF, 468KB)

10 NRDC SAMPLES SW Calc Sheet 2008-006-32(PDF, 451KB)

11 NRDC SAMPLES R3 XS1 Construction Xsec 2008-006-46(PDF, 322KB)

12 NRDC SAMPLES R & D Plan WAE 2008-006-05(PDF, 473KB)

13 NRDC SAMPLES SW Lsect WAE 2008-006-06(PDF, 727KB)

14 NRDC SAMPLES Sew Plan WAE 2008-006-12(PDF, 489KB)

15 NRDC SAMPLES Sew Lsect WAE 2008-006-14(PDF, 447KB)

16 NRDC SAMPLES Water Plan WAE 2008-006-18(PDF, 324KB)

17 NRDC SAMPLES R3 XS2 WAE 2008-006-47(PDF, 551KB)

18 NRDC SAMPLES WAE PLAN 2008-006-48(PDF, 349KB)

Construction Manual

Council's Construction Manual for works associated with developments as required by conditions of development consent.

Specification No. Specification Title
Index Index(PDF, 19KB)
CQS Quality System Requirements(PDF, 372KB)
CQC Quality Control Requirements(PDF, 352KB)
C101 General(PDF, 311KB)
C201 Control of Traffic(PDF, 157KB)
C211 Control of Erosion and Sedimentation(PDF, 62KB)
C212 Clearing and Grubbing(PDF, 45KB)
C213 Earthworks(PDF, 173KB)
C220 Stormwater Drainage – General(PDF, 245KB)
C221 Pipe Drainage(PDF, 174KB)
C222 Precast Box Culverts(PDF, 59KB)
C223 Drainage Structures(PDF, 32KB)
C224 Open Drains including Kerb and Gutter (Channel)(PDF, 71KB)
C230 Subsurface Drainage – General(PDF, 77KB)
C231 Subsoil and Foundation Drains(PDF, 54KB)
C232 Pavement Drains(PDF, 86KB)
C233 Drainage Mats(PDF, 48KB)
C241 Stabilisation(PDF, 90KB)
C242 Flexible Pavements(PDF, 130KB)
C244 Sprayed Bituminous Surfacing(PDF, 131KB)
C245 Asphaltic Concrete(PDF, 200KB)
C247 Mass Concrete Sub-base(PDF, 156KB)
C248 Plain or Reinforced Concrete Base(PDF, 228KB)
C254 Segmental Paving(PDF, 87KB)
C255 Bituminous Microsurfacing(PDF, 87KB)
C261 Pavement Markings(PDF, 76KB)
C262 Signposting(PDF, 157KB)
C263 Guide Posts(PDF, 44KB)
C264 Guardfence(PDF, 55KB)
C265 Boundary Fencing(PDF, 77KB)
C271 Minor Concrete Works(PDF, 160KB)
C273 Landscaping(PDF, 240KB)
C401 Water Reticulation(PDF, 421KB)
C402 Sewerage System NRLG(PDF, 271KB)
C501 Bushfire Protection (Perimeter Tracks)(PDF, 2MB)