Asset Protection Permits
ASset Protection Permits reduce the amount of damage being caused to valuable infrastructure assets during building works. These assets include footpaths, nature strips, kerbs and channels and stormwater pits. If damage occurs to Council assets the cost of repairs will be paid for by the offending property owner or principal contractor, not the ratepayers. The Asset Protection Permit is also a mechanism to ensure that the property owner or principal contractor is not held liable for pre-existing damage to assets fronting and adjoining the site prior to the commencement of building works.
The current application fee is $296.00 (as of 1 July 2022).
A Security Bond of between $1000 and $5000 may be required, subject to the location and scope of the building works. This will be determined during the online application process.
The application will be assessed by Council's Asset Protection Officer with a decision determined within 5 working days. The Applicant will be emailed a permit once the Asset Protection Permit has been approved.
To advise the works have been completed, please:
- call Council's Asset Protection team on 1300 BCOAST (266 278) or (03) 5671 2211
- email firstname.lastname@example.org or;
- complete an online inspection request.
Council's Asset Protection Officer will conduct an inspection to determine if any damage has occurred to Council assets during the building works.
Where assets have been protected or restored to Council’s satisfaction the application will be closed.
All damage occurring during the building works is to be reinstated to Council’s satisfaction at the permit holder’s expense within 14 days.
Should the permit holder fail to complete the reinstatement work within the time specified, Council may undertake the necessary works and invoice the permit holder to recover the costs.
The property owner or his agent may be liable for:
- Any damage that already existed prior to the works being undertaken;
- An infringement issued by a Council Local Laws Officer for 20 penalty units under ‘Local Law No. 1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2012’ Part 7 Clause 67;
- Any costs incurred by Council in reinstating damaged assets to their original condition.
Work is permitted, subject to the conditions hereunder, to transport building materials, machinery and equipment across the road reserve to gain access to the subject property as stated on the approved Asset Protection Permit.
No works shall commence until an Asset Protection Permit has been approved and allocated an approved permit number.
- Restoration of
and Damage to Council's Asset
Failure to restore the road reserve and make good any damage caused to Council’s assets within fourteen days of notification by Council to do so, may result in Council undertaking the necessary reinstatement works and deducting the cost from the bond, where applicable. Where a portion remains unused, it will be refunded. Where the costs exceed the bond, the permit holder will be liable for the excess and invoiced accordingly.
- Entry Point
for Transport of Materials
The entry point for the transport of materials must be confined to any existing vehicle crossing point of this site. Where a property is not provided with a permanent vehicle crossing, a temporary crossing will be required to be installed.
Ensure that a tree protection fence is in place for Council’s nature strip (street) tree if requested, in accordance with Australian Standard No. 4970- 2009, Protection of Trees on Development Sites.
- Refund of Bond
Where the Council’s assets have been protected or restored to Council’s standard, the bond, if applicable, will be refunded in full.
The permit holder is to take all necessary precautions to ensure that Council’s assets are not damaged.
- Placement of
No building material shall be placed on the nature strip, footpath, road or Council Reserve.
Footpath or Reserve
No buildings such as site sheds, toilets etc., or activities associated with any building works shall be placed/carried out on the nature strip, footpath or reserve without prior written approval from Council.
- Public Areas
All public areas disturbed by any building activity is to be maintained in a safe trafficable manner.
The site is to be managed to minimise the risks of stormwater pollution or the deposit of sediment on roadways.
Clause may be Appended
Any additional clause which an Authorised or Delegated Officer reasonably believes is relevant and based upon the individual circumstances of an application may be appended to this list of conditions.
The permit is valid for the duration of the building works.
penalty for non-compliance with the above conditions is twenty penalty units ($2000) per offence, plus any costs
associated with the removal of unpermitted or substandard infrastructure and
any reinstatement costs.
- The applicant must advise the Asset Protection Team of any known pre-existing damage to Council’s assets on application.
- The level of risk of potential damage and the extent of any pre-existing damage to Council’s assets will be assessed. Any defects will be noted with the permit issued.
- A notice may be issued to the applicant requiring the payment of a bond of between $1000 and $5000.
- The applicant must advise the Asset Protection Team of any subsequent damage to Council’s assets through the course of the works within seven days of such damage occurring.
- The Asset Protection Team must be advised within seven days of the completion of works to enable inspection of asset condition.