Dams, Bores & Waterways
Southern Rural Water is the water authority responsible for the development of dams, sinking of bores for groundwater and the pumping & diversion of water from waterways on the Mornington Peninsula where a licence is required under the Water Act 1989.
Advice should always be sought from Southern Rural Water to determine whether a licence is required for the development of a dam, or to take and use water from the dam.
If a licence from Southern Rural Water is required
If Southern Rural Water confirm that a licence is required for the development of a dam, or to take and use water from the dam under the Water Act 1989, advice should be sought from Council as to whether any associated works including vegetation removal necessary to accommodate the dam, any ancillary works or structures not directly associated with the construction of the dam itself require a planning permit.
If a licence from Southern Rural Water is not required
If Southern Rural Water confirm that a licence is not required for the development of a dam, or to take and use water from the dam under the Water Act 1989, advice should be sought from Council as to whether the development of the dam in addition to the removal of vegetation removal to accommodate the dam, any ancillary works or structures requires a planning permit.
Planning Application Requirements
In addition to the standard information required for a planning application, the following is required:
- Description of the purpose of the dam and it's relationship to the use of the land e.g. domestic supply, irrigation, stock etc.
- Site plan showing:
- The location of the proposed dam and distances to property boundaries
- Existing dams and watercourses on adjoining properties
- The proposed location for disposal of spoil from excavations
- Construction details including:
- Dimensions, contours and finished level
- Cross section(s) showing depth, wall height and finished level
- Storage volume of the dam (volume = 0.4 x max x water depth x surface area)
- Proposed stabilization and repasturing of all disturbed surfaces
Note: More detailed engineering plans and specifications may be required as a condition of the Planning Permit if the dam is approved, these must be submitted to Council's Development Engineering department prior to commencing construction of the dam.
Bores & Waterways
A licence from Southern Rural Water is almost always required for the diversion or pumping of water from a waterway and the use of bore water under the Water Act 1989. Further advice should be sought from Southern Rural Water about any requirement to obtain a licence for the taking or use of water from a waterway or the taking or use of groundwater via boring.
Southern Rural Water can be contacted in the following ways:
Phone: (03) 5139 3100 or 1300 139 510