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Asset protection permits

Asset protection permits are required under the local law on all building sites where the development is valued at or above $5,000. Asset protection permits have strict conditions and the person in charge of building works must obtain one before work begins.

What is an asset protection permit?

The asset protection permit sets conditions for how building sites are to be maintained. It covers things like temporary fencing, toilet facilities and waste control.

The permit also ensures that Council assets are protected so that if damage is done during construction the builder is responsible to repair it rather than the ratepayers or homeowners. Examples of Council assets include footpaths, drains, roads, crossovers and street trees.

Builders are required to report pre-existing damage to Council before starting work.

Infringements can be issued for failing to obtain an asset protection permit or for not abiding to the conditions set in the permit.

Apply for an asset protection permit

Step 1

Prepare the following supporting documentation:

  • a pre-inspection report with notification of any damages identified prior to the commencement of building works (photos or diagrams)
  • proof of public liability insurance for $10 million to cover.

Step 2

Download and complete the Asset Protection Permit Application form.

Step 3

Return all documents to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres or the Wallan Planning and Building Services Office and pay the relevant fees in person; or email your documents to mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au and an officer will call you to take payment over the phone.

Asset protection permit exemptions

Step 1

If you wish to apply for an exemption, you must meet the following criteria:

  • your property boundary does not contain any of the following council assets
    • curb and channel
    • drainage (including table drain)
    • street trees
    • concrete crossover
    • bitumen road
  • the works are of a minor nature
  • deliveries will be by vehicles no larger than small rigid vehicle (SRV*).

* refer to application form for more details.

Step 2

Prepare the following supporting documentation:

  • a copy of the pre-inspection report
  • photos showing the boundary and entrance of the property.

Step 3

Download and complete the Asset Protection Permit Exemption Form.

Step 4

Return all documents to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres or the Wallan Planning and Building Services Office or email your documents to mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au. Your application will be processed by our Building Team who will contact you with the result of your application.

Please note:

Exemptions will not usually be issued for dwellings, in ground swimming pools or demolition

Contact us

For enquiries relating to asset protection permits, contact our Local Laws Department on 03 5734 6200.

This page was last updated on 22 April 2021.

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