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​If you are planning a small project that will benefit from gaining access to your property via Melbourne Water-owned land you need our consent to proceed.

Any works undertaken without Melbourne Water approval will be considered illegal under the Water Act.


Projects must be small-scale, private and have a short timeline. An example would be a project of 1-2 days that involves moving landscaping materials by wheelbarrow or driving across our land with material such as mulch. Larger projects may require a licence and lease agreement. This will be determined when you submit your application.

Application process

Documents required

You must provide a description of proposed work, including:

  • machines that are required for the works

  • your intended route/footprint across our land

  • the times of access and duration of the project

Approval process

We will assess the application with a view to protecting our land and associated assets. Each application will be assessed on its merit.

We require that applicants agree to not work in wet weather, and not to use our land for storage of materials or machinery.

We may request the payment of security fees.

Inspections may be required at different stages of the works. Your letter of approval will confirm this requirement.

You may require a Permit to work to be issued for access purposes.


The process may take up 28 days to review your application and respond.

Incomplete applications may be delayed or returned requesting additional information.


Fees differ depending on the proposed work. We will advise you of the amount once we assess your application. 

Please note this application fee is non-refundable.

Fees and security for construction, works and connections.

Contact us

If you need any help to complete this application, contact us on 131 722.

Last updated:
14 November 2019