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Camping on Private and Public Land

Camping is allowed in a licensed caravan park or camping grounds within Bass Coast. If you wish to camp anywhere else you may require a permit.

Besides tents, the term "camping" also includes caravans, campervans or mobile homes, vehicles (including sleeping under vehicles) for all or part of a night or as temporary accommodation. It does not include brief power naps in a vehicle beside a highway.

Can I camp on my own land?

If you have an existing dwelling on the site and you are able to use the washing, toileting and laundry facilities then YES you can camp for a period of up to 28 days without a permit. If you intend to camp for more than 28 days in one year you will require a permit.

If you intend to camp on your vacant block then a permit is required and certain conditions apply.

We have put together some guidelines which we use to assess whether a permit will be granted. The types of things we take into consideration are:

Once I have a permit, are there any special conditions I need to know about?

General conditions apply to all permits however there may be some additional conditions that are specific to your permit - these will be discussed with you once your application has been received.

Information relating to all camping permits

  • location and use of land and that of adjoining properties
  • number of tents (or caravans etc) to be located on the land
  • position of tents etc on the land
  • length of time camping is required
  • facilities available (or to be provided) ie toilets, bathing, disposal of rubbish
  • payment of entire fee must be made prior to commencement date of the permit
  • campsites are to be maintained in a clean and tidy condition at all times
  • all rubbish is to be removed when vacating campsite
  • approved toilet and washing facilities are to be provided
  • camping is not within 10 meters of any river, stream, spring, creek, dam, bore or water course
  • contents of chemical toilets must be disposed of at an approved Council site or taken home
  • no campfires are permitted at any time
  • damage to any Council property (ie footpaths, nature strips etc) is to be reinstated by permit holder at the permit holders expense

How do I apply for a permit?

Fill out a Camping Permit Application (295kb) and submit the application at any of our Customer Service Centres or post it to Community Safety Rangers, Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995

Will it cost me anything?

Yes, please visit our Fees and Charges page for further information. Subject to conditions, a permit may last for up to one year.

Please note Council's Local Law No.1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2012 (PDF 2.4MB) prohibits camping on Council land or in a public place or on private land without a permit. If you camp without a permit you may incur a penalty fine of up to $1500.