Asset and Amenity Protection Permit

 The purpose of an Asset and Amenity Protection Permit is to:

  • Ensure that community assets such as footpaths, roadway, drainage systems, service pits, nature strips and vegetation are not damaged, or their performance compromised, due to private works undertaken,
  • Ensure that the appropriate construction specifications are observed to ensure public safety, product suitability/durability,
  • Encourage Owners, Builders, contractors and suppliers to act responsibly when conducting building works,
  • Ensure that the Environment is protected,
  • Ensure that the general community is not covering the cost of repairing assets from private construction works, especially where this damage may have been avoidable.

How does the Permit Process work?

When a notification is received from your Building Surveyor, a Shire Officer will inspect community assets prior to works commencing (pre inspection) and again following completion of works (post inspection). The Shire Officer will also undertake random inspections for the duration of the works to monitor the condition of assets and provide advice to builders as required.

It is important that you make your builder (or person responsible for the site) aware of this process as Shire officers will liaise directly with them with respect to building site management.

Once your works are complete, the post inspection will determine whether damage has occurred as a result of building works. Depending on the nature of the damage, the person in charge of the building site will be held responsible for reinstating damaged assets to their original condition and to the Shire’s nominated standards.

If building work begins before an Asset and Amenity Permit has been issued, Council will take enforcement action, which can include issuing notices, suspending works, fines and the possibility of court proceedings.

How do I Apply?

The application fee is $240.00 as at 1st July 2019.  Click on the Apply and pay online button below.

Apply and pay online

Changes from 1st December 2019

In response to increased community concern over damage to community assets due to building works, the Mornington Peninsula Shire is increasing steps to ensure accountability by owners and builders. In line with other Councils, the Mornington Peninsula Shire is reintroducing the requirement to lodge a bond (separate to the application fee) when applying for an Asset and Amenity Protection Permit. A permit will not be issued until the bond is secured.

Bond amounts will be determined by the nature, size and risk of the works to community assets, see table below. If building work is conducted responsibly and does not impact on built or natural assets, bonds will be refunded at the end of the building work.

Type of Works
Bond Amount
Residential Areas  
Fence, internal alterations/renovations, verandah, pergola, deck, carport, above-ground swimming pool or spa, garage, shed, ramp, retaining wall, restumping $0
Demolition, 1 to 2 dwellings, dwelling addition, bungalow, dependent persons unit, habitable outbuilding, in-ground swimming pool or spa $2,000
3+ dwellings $5,000
Industrial / Commercial Precincts  
Pergolas, decks, verandah, office fit-out, shop fit-out, signage installation $1,500
Commercial building or addition, demolition $5,000


Building Site Management 

The Shire has developed a Building and Works Code of Practice to manage the effects of building development within the municipality, support the wellbeing of local communities and protect community assets and the environment. The Code of Practice describes minimum performance requirements and encourages responsible site management to reduce infrastructure damage and protect public amenity and safety. Requirements for site management include site fencing/containment, stormwater protection, dust, building site waste and litter, sanitary facilities and safety and hazards to pedestrians and vehicular traffic. The Code applies to developments of broad acre subdivisions, suburban infill and commercial, industrial and residential building and demolition activities.

To access a copy of the code of practice, please see Building and Works Code of Practice(PDF, 77KB)

The Building and Works Code of Practice, by reference, forms part of Local Law 38. Regulation of Building Sites and is an enforceable document. For more information on the Shire's General Purpose's Local Law or to access a copy, please see Local Law. Building sites are regularly audited and penalties are applicable for failing to comply with the requirements of the Code.

For more information on Asset Protection please contact 1300 850 600 or by email