Roads and footpaths

The City of Fremantle is responsible for infrastructure asset management services which includes local roads and footpaths.

Road management in Western Australia is governed by the following relevant legislation:

  • the Commissioner of Main Roads has responsibility for roads in Western Australia as set out in the Main Roads Act 1930 and the Road Traffic Act 1974 (including the Road Traffic Code 2000).
  • local governments have responsibility for roads as defined in the Local Government Act 1995.

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, the City of Fremantle seeks to maintain a footpath network on land under its care and control that is safe, accessible, and well maintained for community use.

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Road FAQs

I will be doing some construction work and will need to place bins/cranes/cherrypickers/building materials/equipment/vehicles on the road reserve. What permits do I need?

Any obstruction of the road reserve (i.e bins, cranes / cherrypickers, building materials / equipment, vehicles, scaffolding, safety fencing etc), requires permission from the City by completing an application for obstruction. A traffic / pedestrian management plan from an accredited traffic consultant will need to be included with the application.  A fee of $63.00 (inclusive of GST) is required to be paid upon application and a verge protection bond may be payable at the discretion of the Manager Infrastructure Projects.

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Contact our Infrastructure and Project Delivery Compliance Officer for more information on 08 9432 9999.

I need to put a cherrypicker/erect scaffold/put a skip bin on the verge/parking bay/ footpath.

You will need to complete an application for obstruction for permission to obstruct the verge. A fee of $63.00 (inclusive of GST) is required to be paid upon application. Contact our Infrastructure and Project Delivery Compliance Administration Officer on 08 9432 9999 for more information.

If you are in the CBD area and need to obstruct a parking bay, you will also need to apply for a hood hire permit.  Contact the City's Parking Services Department on 08 9432 9999 for information about how to apply and details about applicable fees.

How do I apply for a road closure?

For road works, you will need to complete an application for obstruction along with with a traffic management plan by an accredited traffic consultant in accordance with the Australian Standard 1742.3 and Main Roads WA Traffic Management Code of Practice. Contact our Infrastructure and Project Delivery Compliance Administration Officer on 08 9432 9999 for more information.

For street events and street parties, contact our Events Coordinator to discuss your needs on 08 9432 9999 and they will advise you of all necessary requirements.

Why is a road closed?

Roads may be closed for a variety of reasons, such as a street event, street party, the City or its contractors carrying out road works and other service providers working on infrastructure.

A road sign has been damaged. Who do I report it to?

Main Roads Western Australia are responsible for all regulatory signs such as Give Way, Stop and line markings. They can be contacted on 1800 800 009 or you can lodge the information on their website. If the sign is a City of Fremantle street name or parking sign, contact our city works team on 08 9432 9999.

Footpath FAQs

Why is there no footpath along my street?

Where reasonably practicable on the grounds of sustainability and physical space, footpaths are to be constructed on both sides of the street. Footpaths may be omitted from one side of the street where:

  • There is no development fronting that part of the street.
  • Topography or vegetation precludes provision for a footpath (i.e. tree avenues, power poles).
  • Vehicle speeds are low i.e less than 40 km/h.
  • Future traffic volumes will be less than 300 vehicles per day.
  • Where the street does not connect or contact land uses which generates high levels of pedestrian activity.

Can you install a new footpath in my street?

The City has a footpath replacement program. To find out if your area is on the current program, contact our Facilities and Assets Officer on 08 9432 9999.

What do I do if the footpath on my street needs repairing / maintenance?

Contact our City Works team on 08 9432 9999.

When will my paving slab footpath be upgraded?

Footpaths are regularly inspected and considered for inclusion on the annual footpath replacement program. If you would like to know if a particular footpath is listed for replacement, please contact our Facilities and Assets Officer on 08 9432 9999.

Can I construct my own footpath?

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, it is the responsibility of the City of Fremantle to maintain the footpath network on land under its care and control that is safe, accessible, and well maintained for community use.  If you would like to make a request for the construction of a new concrete footpath or maintenance to an existing path, contact our Facilities and Assets Officer on 08 9432 9999 who will arrange an inspection.

My footpath is damaged, what do I do?

Contact our City Works team on 08 9432 9999 and we will inspect the damage and arrange for repairs to be carried out.

How wide should a path be?

The minimum clearance from obstructions along the footpath should be 1.2 m to ensure universal access is maintained.

Can I ride my bike on the footpath?

People over the age of 12 are not allowed to ride on a path unless it is signed as a shared path, by means of pedestrian and bicycle logos, however this is currently under review. Visit the Department of Transport website for more information.

Contact us

City of Fremantle
Town Hall Centre, 8 William Street, Fremantle
Monday to Friday, 8.30 am-4.30 pm
PO Box 807, Fremantle, WA 6959
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634
TTY 08 9732 9777
info@fremantle.wa.gov.au