Construction hoardings have a considerable impact on the pedestrian amenity and public spaces. The purpose of this advice note is to improve the design quality of construction hoardings throughout Ashfield.
Any proposed hoarding shall, where possible not impact or create disturbance on the public domain and the pedestrians using the footways.
Construction hoardings are fences or scaffolds erected on the ground to form a barrier between pedestrians and building sites and/or overhead protective structures that are required for the protection of adjoining public areas and persons on a construction site.
Construction hoardings are currently classified as Type A (fences) and Type B (overhead protective structures), and are composed of elements, a number of parts, which fit together to form a whole. For example a fence (ie a Type A hoarding) is considered as one of the elements of the construction hoarding ‘kit of parts’.
All hoardings are subject of a Development Application to Council and are applicable to fees charged on the proposed type and the month per frontage per lineal meter. Further advice can be obtained by contacting Councils Customer Service Centre
The design, supply and installation and construction of hoardings is guided presently by WorkCovers’ Code of Practice - Overhead Protective Structures. This Code is aimed at improving health and safety standards on new building and construction sites, as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
The Code of Practice deals with:
The Code of Practice - Overhead Protective Structures refers to additional requirements of the local Council and acknowledges Council’s role in reviewing and inspecting the installation of construction hoardings in public areas.
Standards and Codes
There are also a number of relevant Australian standards and other trade codes of practice. Hoardings are to be designed to the relevant standards, including AS 1725-2003, AS 1158 - 2007, AS 1170 Part 1-2002, AS 1170, Part 2- 2002, AS 1742 Part 3 - 2008 and Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice.
Summary of hoarding materials
The predominant systems used for the installation of overhead protective construction hoardings are structural timber, structural steel, prefabricated steel and scaffolding. Of these, the majority of overhead type construction hoardings are constructed from structural steel and structural timber or a combination of both. Prefabricated structural steel and scaffolding systems constitute less than one third of those installed.
Desirable improvements to construction hoardings
A number of desirable improvements to hoardings are sought through and they are described as follows:
footpath and non-continuous counterweights at the kerb
The aims for the design of construction hoardings are as follows:
An application for a hoarding permit shall be submitted with drawings and information which is sufficient to allow a proper assessment of the proposal against the design requirements. This should include the following material:
The application must also contain the following:
If the application does not include a photomontage or sketch adequately describing graphic design and information and any proposed location for advertising panels/signs, then Council will impose a condition requiring that either this material be submitted within a specified period or the hoarding be painted the standard colours.