Approval to operate or construct a private railway/tramway (Toowoomba) - Queensland

Service summary

You require this approval to construct or operate a private railway or tramway for transportation of passengers or freight where the track passes along, across, under or over a road.

Before this licence is approved you need to have the following:

  • public liability insurance
  • indemnity for council
  • development permit.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms


means a person who operates (or proposes to operate) the tramway and, if the tramway is operated for a mill owner, within the meaning of the Sugar Industry Act 1999 , includes the mill owner.


means a system for transporting passengers or freight (or both) along a fixed track by means of a locomotive and other rolling stock and includes the associated tramway infrastructure.


Contact council for more information on the current application process and relevant form.

Additional information

Tramways are regulated to ensure that:

  • they are maintained and operated in accordance with appropriate safety standards
  • the council and the public are protected against loss or damage resulting from the operation of tramways
  • the use of a tramway does not unreasonably disrupt or interfere with the use of roads and other infrastructure by the public.

Council may approve a tramway under conditions including:

  • compliance with specified safety requirements
  • the operator to carries out specified work (which may include specified earthwork or drainage work)
  • the installation of traffic control devices, cattle grids and other equipment incidental to the proper operation of the tramway
  • that work carried out under the permit, and materials used for the purpose of the work, comply with specified quality standards and other specification
  • the proper maintenance of the track and other tramway infrastructure
  • reasonable speed limits on locomotives and rolling stock.

Administering agency

Toowoomba Regional Council

Contact details

Toowoomba Customer Service Centre
Toowoomba Regional Council

Operating address:
4 Little Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Mailing address:
PO BOX 3021
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350


13 18 72




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