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


You may need to obtain a development approval to operate a private railway/tramway in the Rockhampton region.

Service type


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

Local law(s) name

Rockhampton Regional Council Planning Scheme

Application process

You can obtain this approval by completing an IDAS application and submitting it to council.

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

Rockhampton Regional Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Rockhampton Regional Council

Operating address: Rockhampton Office
232 Bolsover Street
Queensland 4700
Operating address: Gracemere Office
1 Ranger Street
Operating address: Mount Morgan Office
32 Hall Street
Mount Morgan Q 4714
Mailing address: PO BOX 1860
Rockhampton, Queensland 4700
Phone: 1300225577
Fax: 1300225579
Website: Rockhampton Regional Council (Opens in new window)