Please note: there have been some changes to the Report and Consent application to build on Flood Prone Land. Melbourne Water's building Permit response for regulation 153 and/or 154 must be provided when submitting your application.
For more information, visit https://www.melbournewater.com.au/building-and-works/apply-to-build-or-develop/building-permit
If your property is identified as Flood Prone it means that you will need to submit an application to have your proposal assessed by a Flood Officer. Regulation 153 and 154 of the Building Regulations 2018 require Council Report and Consent to build on Flood Prone Land if your property is identified as liable to flooding or within designated land or works. You can learn more about building on flood prone land here.
The assessment officer will consider multiple factors including:
- Rising waterways
- Overland flow from adjoining land
- The affect the proposal may have on neighbouring properties
The assessment officer may require your plan to be modified, for example increasing the floor level to minimise the impact of flood water on your building and to minimise the impact of flood water on neighbouring buildings.
The current designated Flood Prone areas are subject to change without notice. It is recommended that a Property Information Certificate confirming the status of the land is obtained within 3 months prior to submitting this application or a refund will not be approved.
What you need prior to your application
Confirmation that your property is Flood Prone
Confirm if your property is flood prone by obtaining a current Property Information Certificate. To obtain a current Property Information Certificate, see Property Information.
Melbourne Water's Building Permit response for the proposed development.
Please note: there are changes to the Report and Consent application to build on Flood Prone Land.
Melbourne Water's Building Permit response for regulation 153 and/or 154 must be provided when submitting your application.
Provide one set of architectural plans to scale. The plan must show the location of the proposed development and existing site levels/elevations to Australian Height Datum (AHD).
One of the most important elements of a report and consent application are the plans that support the application. Plans are also the most likely source of issues in the application process where the information presented on the plan is either incorrect or sometimes missing. There are a number of different plans that can support a report and consent application; however the following plans are the basic ‘building blocks’ to a report and consent application.
Getting these plans right from the start can save a lot of time and allow technical officers to effectively assess your application.
Existing site plan – the ‘before’ situation. This site plan shows the site in its current state.
Proposed site plan – the ‘after’ situation. The proposed site plan shows what’s going to change, and how the site will look once construction is finished.
A basic site plan should include:
- The geographic location, shape and size of the site – showing a scale
- A north point
- Natural surface levels (NSL), finished surface levels(FSL) and finished floor levels (FFL) to Australian Height Datum
- The exact location and footprint of any existing structures
- The area that’s going to be covered by a proposed development and any other structures you’re planning on building
Elevation plans –
- Shows the front or side of a building/structure
- Gives you the chance to see everything from the other viewpoints
- Demonstrates the way the building will look once constructed
- Natural surface levels (NSL), finished surface levels (FSL) and finished floor levels (FFL) to Australian Height Datum
Classifications of works or confirmation
Before submitting your application, please confirm with the relevant building surveyor if report and consent is required as exemptions may apply.
Any applications received by Council will be assumed to require report and consent and refunds will not be given for incorrect submissions.
Submit Your Application
You now have everything you need to submit your application to Council.
Please note: Applications will not progress beyond submission stage until all required documentation is provided.
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Download and print: Build on Flood Prone Land Application Form(PDF, 171KB)