Phone1300 864 444
The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450
Ballina NSW 2478
40 Cherry Street
Ballina NSW 2478
8:15am - 4:30pm
Monday to Friday
The construction of private structures (including boat ramps, jetties and pontoons) within Crown or Council-owned waterways, requires two separate forms of authorisation:
Information regarding the licensing of private structures within Council owned waterways is provided in the following documentation:
The licensing of structures within the Richmond River, North Creek and the Pacific Ocean are administered through Crown Lands. Information about licensing waterway structures with the Crown can be accessed here:
All boat ramp structures in Ballina Shire require Development Consent and Construction Certificate (CC) issue prior to the commencement of works.
Boat ramps which potentially affect or disturb any sea grass beds may require referral to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) for their comment/concurrence. In these instances, the proposal is regarded as Integrated Development under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EPAA) 1979 as amended. An integrated referral attracts additional NSW Government referral and Council administration fees.
Council has a standard design which is to be used for boat ramp construction:
Consideration should be given to the location of boat ramps and neighbouring properties so as to ensure equitable access is maintained to the canal.
Pontoon and Jetty structures located within the Ballina Quays and Banyanda Estate areas are to be a maximum length of 18 metres as measured from the revetment wall/kerb line to the extreme pontoon edge. The first three metres of the pontoon structure is permitted to be a fixed structure with piles, while the remaining 15 metres must be floating from a demountable pivot point attached to the 3 metre fixed section of the pontoon. Bracing piles are permitted within the 3 metre zone as measured from the revetment wall outside edge, however no additional piling is permitted beyond this zone.
Structural engineer designed bracing/piling details for the pontoon, addressing any forces from wave and tidal action are required to be submitted with the Development Application.
Consideration should be given to the location of pontoons and neighbouring properties so as to ensure equitable access is maintained to the canal.
Council has a standard design which is to be used for pontoon design construction: