Before submitting your planning permit application, ensure you allow adequate time to confirm the key drainage requirements for your development. You may be required to construct works as part of these conditions.
Prior to this step
If you've submitted your application for a planning permit to your local council you may find we've added some conditions on you being granted the permit.
What you need to do
We can provide guidance on preparing your concept or functional design plans (including landscape plan for soft engineering works, if included) to avoid processing delays.
Check for drainage conditions in the planning permit
You may be required to enter into an agreement with us to provide drainage services as a condition of your planning permit. You may also need to comply with other conditions before we consent to council granting a planning permit.
Submit your ‘application for drainage conditions’
You need to satisfy our requirements and submit the following:
PO Box 4342
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Fax: (03) 9679 7399
Allow adequate time for processing
Works offers may take up to 60 days to be processed.
The date of the application is the date when all required fees, plans and information are received.
If you're required to modify the design, processing of the works offer may be suspended while this occurs. This will extend the application time.
Offer of conditions
Once we've received your application and fee, we'll prepare and forward an Offer of conditions of agreement to the owner. This offer:
You'll receive our response within 60 days, as agreed with the land development industry, unless:
Your offer may require you to construct drainage works (works offer).
This usually requests that you pay a contribution towards the funding of waterways and drainage infrastructure that services a new subdivision or development. There are no requirements to actually construct any infrastructure.
A non-works offer will be provided within 28 days from the date of application.
This will specify any contributions required, and will also specify works that are to be constructed by the developer and the reimbursement arrangements that will enable the project to proceed.
A works offer will be provided within 60 days from the date of the application.
The written works offer will:
specify design criteria for all assets
identify significant environmental issues that need to be considered in the design, or the need for further survey work to be undertaken
identify significant cultural issues that need to be considered in the design, or the need for further survey work to be undertaken
include details about how the reimbursement will be determined
include details on the defects liability period
include comments about the design plans (including maintenance comments) from our Developer Works Team
The works offer will also provide comments and reminders on later stages of the project including:
designs need to be compliant with our standards
tenders need to be accepted before the work starts
construction must undergo QA processes
Accept the offer of conditions
If you agree to the offer of conditions, sign the offer document and return it to us. You may choose to defer the payment of contributions.
Accepting a non-works offer
You'll not be required to construct drainage works. Once you have met the conditions of the offer, you do not need to involve us further in your project.
Accepting a works offer
You're required to construct drainage works. We'll transfer management of the project to our Developer Project Works team who'll liaise with you during detailed design and construction. Use the following form to accept the offer:
Accept the works offer before commencing work
If you choose to commence work before accepting the works offer, you accept to carry the risks associated with:
lack of clarity on the basis for reimbursement
impact on flora, fauna and heritage issues
land disturbance in environmental pollution
community related issues
Offsetting the reimbursement amount against contributions
If you wish to offset the reimbursement amount against contributions, agree to us preparing a recipient created tax invoice (RCTI).
Put your project in context
The detail in works offers may vary between stages and estates.
Read all relevant documentation applicable to the entire estate as well as that for each stage. This will ensure you understand how consistency will be applied across related projects and the contractual arrangements for the particular job.
Works offers are generally issued for stages that contain proposed scheme works.
Check our requirements
Review our requirements for providing drainage infrastructure in new developments.
Plan for maintenance
Review any comments on maintenance from our Developer Works Team and address these early to avoid delays in finalising the maintenance agreement (if required).
Contact us with any comments or queries: