Asset and Amenity Protection Permit

An Asset and Amenity Protection Permit is required for the following type of buildings and works occurring within any Residential Zone (which includes a General Residential Zone, Low Density Residential Zone, Neighbourhood Residential Zone and Township Zone), or any Industrial Zone, Commercial Zone or Mixed Use Zone:

  • Construction of a dwelling/s
  • Demolition of any building
  • Installation of a swimming pool
  • Construction of industrial or commercial buildings (i.e. Factory/Warehouse/Shop).
  • Commercial or industrial retail shop fit-outs where the value of building works is equal to $10,000 or more.

An Asset and Amenity Protection Permit is generally not required for Alterations/Additions to an existing building.  

A refundable security bond is required for all works where an Asset and Amenity Protection Permit is required, and the bond amount is determined by the nature, size, and potential risk the works pose to community assets.  A further, additional bond may be required as part of any relevant permit application to carry out works on Council land (i.e. Road Opening/Drainage Connection Permit, Development Works Permit, Occupation of a Road or Footpath Permit, etc.).

Do I need an Asset and Amenity Protection Permit?

It is a requirement of the Shire’s Community Amenity Local Law 2022 that an owner or occupier of land or a person in charge of a building site or a works site obtains an Asset and Amenity Protection Permit prior to the commencement of any work on site. For more information on the Shire’s Community Amenity Local Law 2022 or to access a copy, please see the Local Law.

Unless otherwise advised by Council, an Asset & Amenity Protection Permit is not required where the land or the building site is not within an Industrial, Commercial or Residential Zone (which includes a General Residential Zone, Low Density Residential Zone, Neighbourhood Residential Zone or Township Zone).

To check the zoning of your property, you can visit the VicPlan website and type your address into the Search bar.

You will be required to pay a security bond (separate to the application fee) for all works as per the table below and a permit will not be issued until the bond is paid. Bond amounts are determined by the nature, size and risk of the works to community assets, both built and natural (i.e. trees, vegetation and nature strips). If building work is conducted responsibly and does not impact built or natural assets, the bond will be refunded after the final inspection has been completed.

*Please note that a further, additional bond may be required as part of any relevant permit application to occupy or carry out works within the road reserve or Council land (i.e. Road Opening/Drainage Connection Permit, Development Works Permit, Occupation of a Road or Footpath Permit, etc.).

 A single Asset & Amenity Protection Permit can be obtained in relation to the combined construction of both a single dwelling and swimming pool (with a combined bond amount), however applicants must be aware of their obligations under this permit and have the means to ensure all conditions and requirements are met in relation to both building activities. A combined application should not be submitted unless all parties involved in the construction works have reviewed their obligations and reached agreement on who will be responsible for the rectification of any Council/public assets. Important note: Council will pursue any required rectification works or costs associated with conducting those works from the applicant of the Asset & Amenity Protection Permit, not the individual contractors.

Please note that an Asset & Amenity Protection Permit in relation to a demolition can't be combined with other activities and must be applied for as a separate permit in all circumstances. 

Activities with a bond amount listed as Price on Application (POA) will be reviewed by an Asset Protection Officer to determine the bond amount on a case-by-case basis.  Officers will assess the nature, size and risk of the works to community assets, both built and natural (i.e. trees, vegetation and nature strips) as well as the quantity and scope of any works required within the road reserve (i.e. construction of new drainage, kerb and channel, footpaths, landscaping, etc.).

Type of Works

Bond Amount*

Demolition

$1,500

1 Dwelling

$1,500

Swimming Pool

$1,500

 Combined 1 Dwelling and Swimming Pool 

$3,000

 2+ Dwellings/Multi-Unit Developments

    POA    

Industrial/Commercial

POA

 

Authorised Officers will conduct inspections for the duration of the works to:
  • Confirm the condition of natural and built assets before works begin.
  • Monitor compliance with the permit and associated conditions.
  • Monitor compliance with the Building and Works Code of Practice.
  • Ensure that any damages to Council Assets within the Road Reserve are repaired.

The purpose of the Asset & Amenity Protection Permit is to protect and minimise potential damage from private building works to public assets and infrastructure within the Road Reserve and therefore minimise community liability for any damage that does occur.  These public assets include footpaths, vehicle crossings, drainage pipes/pits, kerb and channel, road pavement, nature strips, trees, vegetation, street signage, etc.

The Asset & Amenity Protection Permit process helps Council ensure that any damage to community assets are repaired to Council standards and paid for by those responsible. These permits also apply conditions designed to protect the environment and public amenity. 

 

Why do I need an Asset and Amenity Protection Permit?

The purpose of the Asset & Amenity Protection Permit is to minimise potential damage from building works to assets within the Road Reserve, to apply conditions to protect the environment and to ensure that any damages to community assets are repaired to Council's standards and paid for by those responsible. Assets within the Road Reserve that can be affected by building work include footpaths, sealed and unsealed roads, drains, kerbs, vehicle crossings, nature strips and vegetation.

The Authorised Officer will conduct inspections for the duration of the works to:

  • Confirm the condition of natural and built assets before works begin.
  • Monitor compliance with the permit and associated conditions.
  • Monitor compliance with the Building and Works Code of Practice.
  • Ensure that any structural or cosmetic damage to Council assets and infrastructure within the Road Reserve is repaired to Council's standards.

     

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Building and Works Code of Practice

It is a requirement of the Shire’s Community Amenity Local Laws 2022, Building Sites for an Asset and Amenity Protection permit holder to comply with any conditions or requirements in the Building and Works Code of Practice. The Building and Works Code of Practice, by reference, forms part of the Shire’s Community Amenity Local Laws 2022 and is an enforceable document. The Code of Practice has been developed to manage the effects of building works within the Shire, support the safety and wellbeing of local communities and protect assets and the environment. To access a copy of the Code of Practice, please see Building and Works Code of Practice(PDF, 77KB) .  

The Code of Practice outlines the minimum requirements for responsible site management, including:

  • Site fencing
  • Stormwater protection
  • Dust
  • Waste management
  • Sanitary facilities
  • Pedestrian and traffic safety

 

Application Process

Step 1.Submit your Application

Complete and submit your application. The permit holder is responsible for repairing any damage to Council assets that occurs as a result of the building works.

You will be required to provide:

  • Property and contractor details
  • Estimated value of works
  • Period of works
  • Description of works
  • Pay the permit fee
  • Lodge your Bond payment (in some cases Council will contact you regarding the bond amount after the application is submitted)

No works can begin, including demolition, excavation and delivery of equipment and materials until a permit has been issued and all conditions have been met. If any works begin before a Permit is issued, enforcement action will be taken.

Apply and Pay Online

Step 2.Preliminary Site Inspection

An Authorised Officer will conduct a preliminary site inspection to capture the existing condition of assets, either when your application is received or when the Shire receives notification from your Private Building Surveyor that they have been engaged for the Building Permit, whichever happens first. You may wish to take photographs of the road reserve before works commence, for your own records.

Step 3.Permit Issued

Once your application has been received the Authorised Officer will issue a Permit (including any special conditions that apply to your site) as soon as possible but depending on the complexity of the application e.g. public safety considerations, it may take up to 10 business days to finalise your application.

Step 4.Compliance with the Building and Works Code of Practice

Authorised Officers will conduct routine and random inspections of the building site to ensure compliance with the Building and Works Code of Practice. If the building site does not comply with the Code of Practice, enforcement action will be taken.

Step 5.Final Inspection and Bond Refund

Please contact the Shire within 7 days of finishing your works to request a final inspection.

How to notify us

To request an inspection, please complete the online form.

Request an Inspection

What happens next

The Authorised Officer will inspect the completed works for:

  • Compliance with the relevant Shire Standard and Permit conditions
  • Reinstatement of the road reserve
  • Any damage to Council assets
  • Any public safety issues created by the works

If there is no damage or obstructions to Council assets, we will return your bond within 28 working days. 

If there is damage or obstructions to Council Assets, we will contact you to do the following:

  • Repair the damage or nominate Council to repair the damage at your expense; and/or
  • Remove obstructions from Council land; and/or
  • Rectify any safety issues

Please note your bond will be refunded upon completion of reinstatement works.