Work or build near our assets or easements

To work or build near or over any of our assets or easements, including pipes, drains and water mains, you’ll need our consent.

Our written approval is an important part of your application for a building permit.

Review our guidelines and apply online for approval before you start to build. 

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Getting a building permit

Building surveyors and council won’t issue a building permit unless you have written approval from us (and other relevant authorities) to work or build near our assets or easements.


Check for assets on or near your property 

How to check if any of our assets are near or on your property before you start any works. Dial Before You Dig.

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Build over assets or easements

Review our guidelines and apply online to build structures such as carports, decking or pergolas near or over our assets. 

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Connect to the stormwater system

Review our guidelines and apply online to get our approval to connect to the stormwater system.

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Build a fence with us

We pay half the cost of fencing if your property borders our land or shares a common boundary with land we own. Find out if you’re eligible.

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Plant near sewers, drains and water mains

Use our planting guide for recommended species, review our guidelines and apply online for our approval.

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Install utilities near sewers, drains and water mains

Review our guidelines and apply online to get approval to install utilities (such as gas, electricity and water) or do excavations near our assets.

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Build a shared path

To build a bicycle or pedestrian path on our land, near our assets or within a floodplain you first need our approval. 

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Build private jetties on our waterways

Request approval to build a private floating or fixed jetty, pontoon or mooring on Melbourne's waterways. 

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Construct a waterway crossing

Apply online for approval to construct a road bridge or culvert across our drains or waterways, or make any changes to an existing crossing.

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Contact us

If you need any help, contact us on 131 722.

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