Residential developers are required to pay the stormwater offset rate if they're unable to treat stormwater within their development to meet best practice standards.

One of our key roles is managing stormwater and river health in greater Melbourne. We work with councils, developers, homeowners, authorities and businesses to mitigate the impacts of stormwater on our environment and the community.

Council will determine if your development meets best practice standards and whether an offset will be required to be paid.

Eligibility

You must consult with council to determine if Stormwater Quality Offset Contributions are supported for the proposed development.

The stormwater quality offset contribution is only used in exceptional circumstances. Applications must meet both of the following criteria:

  1. The subdivision is less than one hectare in size and is zoned residential
  2. Council have assessed the development and provided Melbourne Water with their written acceptance of the use of an offset contribution. This option is only approved in circumstances where the applicant has demonstrated that Water Sensitive Urban Design WSUD treatment cannot be achieved on site.

Council will need to review the proposed treatment of stormwater (if any) and nominate the percentage of the area of the subdivision that is required to pay an offset for stormwater quality.

You will need to have this review documented and endorsed by Council by completing the Stormwater Quality Offset Contribution application.

Application process

Documents required

To apply for an offset contribution you must supply us with:

  • Stormwater Quality Offset Contribution Form​ that has been endorsed by Council
  • Plan of Subdivision

Approval process

We assess the application and determine the amount to pay. We will send an invoice with an amount to pay and any conditions.

Duration

The process takes 14 days.

Fees

There are no fees for this service.

Guidelines or standards

Water quality contributions explained

Stormwater offsets explained

Contact us

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

Last updated:
2 November 2017