Engineering Plan Assessment, Approval, Fees & Development Inspections

Engineering Plan Assessment

Engineering assessments play an important role in town planning applications. Issues relating to stormwater drainage, flooding, roads, traffic, parking, lighting and other Council infrastructure are assessed.

Your engineering plans must be prepared by an appropriately qualified Civil Engineering consultant. This design process ensures all developments and subdivisions can be constructed so they do not negatively impact the existing infrastructure.

Designs for new residential estates are also assessed to confirm they meet current Australian Standards and Council policies, ensuring the best design and construction methodologies are used.

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When to submit your engineering plans

The Shire will only review your Engineering Plans after:

  • Your development Condition 1 plans must have been endorsed by Council's Statutory Planning Unit. You may submit your plans before your Condition 1 plans are endorsed, however they will not be reviewed until after endorsement.
  • You or your design consultant have completed the downloadable Engineering Plan Checklist(PDF, 233KB).
  • An invoice to pay will be forwarded on receipt of your application.

What to include in your application

  • One copy of full set of the drainage design plans drawn to scale.
  • One copy of onsite detention system calculations, including breakdown of how the system achieves the minimum detention storage and maximum permissible site discharge.
  • If a pumping system is proposed, one copy of pump system design calculations that complies with Section (8) of AS/NZS 3500.3:2018 and ‘Appendix L’.
  • If required, one copy of endorsed Storm Rating Report that reflects the details of WSUD elements within drainage plans.
  • If required, one copy of endorsed MUSIC Report (including the Summary Report *.mrt file) that reflects the details of WSUD elements within drainage plans and shows compliance with stormwater quality targets. if applicable
  • If Melbourne Water drainage asset was nominated as the legal point of discharge on the legal point of discharge or planning permit, one copy of Melbourne Water consent letter.

A Construction Management Plan (CMP) may be required for the construction phase of the project. The CMP shows what the contractor must do during construction to protect the environment.


All engineering plan approval applications incur a fee. The fee charged depends on the type and size of development and is reviewed annually.

Amendments to approved engineering plans

When a previously approved design requires minor amendments, Council will charge a minimum amendment fee of $200.00.

If significant design changes are proposed to approved designs, council will apply the full plan checking fee.

Development Type

Fee 2024-25

Single Dwelling Development


2 Dwelling Developments


3 to 4 Dwelling Developments


5 to 8 Dwelling Developments


9 to 12 Dwelling Developments


13 to 19 Dwelling Developments


20 + Dwelling Developments


Single Industrial/Factory/Warehouse Developments


2 to 5 Industrial/Factory/Warehouse Developments


6+ Industrial/Factory/Warehouse Developments


Small Commercial Developments (<500m2)


Medium Commercial Developments (500-2,000m2)


Large Commercial Developments (>2,000m2)


Minor Construction Management Plan approval


Major Construction Management Plan approval


Amendments to approved Engineering or Construction Plans


Utility Service Engineering Plan Approval $368.00

Approval Process

  • Condition 1 Plans are endorsed by Council’s statutory planning team
  • The applicant or consultant submits the following to :
    • A completed Checklist for Development Engineering Plan Approval
    • Engineering design and computations meeting Council’s requirements
    • Receipt of plan checking fee payment,
    • Any other documents required within your planning permit
  • Council will send you an acknowledgment email confirming receipt of your application
  • Under Section 15 of the Subdivision Act 1988 and Regulation 30 of the Subdivision (Procedures) Regulations 2011, Council may take up to 30 calendar days to approve, specify alterations, or refuse the application
  • When approved, you must ensure all requirements stated within the approval letter and approved drawings are met.

Find out more about Construction Management Plans

Download: Construction Management Plan Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 123KB).

Development Compliance Inspection

Upon completion of construction activities for your development, an Authorised Officer will inspect the works for:

  • Compliance with the approved Engineering plans and Planning Permit
  • Compliance with the relevant Shire Standard and Works Permit conditions
  • Reinstatement of the road reserve to satisfaction of Authorised Officer
  • Any damage to Council assets
  • Any public safety issues created by the works

To request an inspection, please complete the online form.

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