Road occupancy licences

A Road Occupancy Licence is required for any activity likely to impact on traffic flow, even if that activity takes place off-road.

Examples of road occupancies include:

  • Road maintenance such as resurfacing, or line marking
  • Lane closures around a building site (as a hazard reduction) or to get cranes or other equipment in and out
  • Filming activities possibly involving lane and/or road closures. Filming may also be considered a special event
  • Filming from an adjacent vehicle
  • Grass cutting along median strip possibly requiring the road shoulder or a lane to be closed

Read the Road Occupancy Manual for detailed information about licences and what you need to do to apply.

The planning, coordination and licensing of road occupancies in the Sydney region is the responsibility of the Network Access Coordination Unit at the Transport Management Centre. For regions outside Sydney, Transport for NSW manages the process. For regions outside Sydney, email

Applying for a Road Occupany Licence - OPLINC online system

Transport for NSW has an online system, OPLINC, for registered users to apply for Road Occupancy Licences.

Recommended browser

The browser recommended for OPLINC is the latest version of Google Chrome. You can download Chrome here.

New Road Occupancy and Shift Activation/Deactivation Portal, coming soon to replace the current OPLINC System

The OPLINC system is due to be replaced by a new road occupancy application and shift management portal. The new portal is aligned with Transport's goal of providing our customers improved network efficiency.

While the URL and webpage will look different, you will be able to do the same functions as you do in OPLINC.​​

What will happen next?

You may have seen that we previously communicated an outage of the OPLINC system. To ensure we deliver a more efficient system, we have delayed the outage. This will allow us to thoroughly test the system, so we achieve our objectives. Look out for more information covering the new date soon.

Additional information regarding preparation activities and training will be made available closer to the go-live for the new portal.

Need more information?

  • Greater Sydney Network Access Coordination: For all Oplinc registrations and Greater Sydney ROL applications, email or during business hours call (02) 8396 1513.
  • Regional and Outer Metropolitan (ROM): ROM ROL applications, email
  • TMC Operational Coordination: Outside of standard business hours call 1800 679 782.

Registration process

If your company/organisation's ACN/ABN is already registered

If you wish to register and you belong to a company/organisation whose Australian Company Number (ACN) or Australian Business Number (ABN) is already registered, you can:

  • Contact an OPLINC business representative in your organisation. Business representatives have authority to register other people within their organisation
  • If you cannot locate that person, please contact the Network Access Coordination Unit:

The Network Access Coordination Unit will register you, or give you the contact details of a business representative from your organisation so they can register you.

If your organisation/company is not registered

Go to OPLINC and click the Register button on the left hand navigation panel.

Choose the first or second option from the Registration Type dropdown as applicable:

  • Companies (Australian Company Number required)
  • Sole traders, Local Councils, Government Agencies (Australian Business Number required).

IMPORTANT: If your company/organisation's ACN/ABN is already registered, and a business representative or the Network Access Coordination Unit is not available to register you immediately, do not register as an individual.

If you require assistance please contact the Network Access Coordination Unit on 8396 1513 between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Individuals who do not have an ACN or ABN

Go to OPLINC and click the Register button on the left hand navigation panel.

Choose the third option from the Registration Type dropdown:

  • Individuals (Personally responsible)

Technical difficulties or problems registering with OPLINC

If you experience any technical difficulties or problems registering with OPLINC, please call 13 27 01 between 7am and 7pm.


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