Work or build near our assets or easements

Building surveyors and your council won’t issue a building permit unless you have written approval from us to work or build near our assets such as pipes, drains and water mains.

We manage an extensive network of pipes and other resources across Melbourne. Most are on our land, but some may be on or near your property or building site.

Use the free Dial Before You Dig service or call 1100 to check if our assets are near where you want to build.

Find out more:

Check if assets are near your property and locate assets

What to do when:

  • building and renovating - find out what to do if our assets are on your property
  • developing - access the right application form for your development
  • planning utility and other works - find the right application for your works

Need help? We can help you with what you need to do if you plan on working or building near our assets.
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Building, developing and renovating a property

If there are assets on or near your property, you’ll need to email [email protected] for help with providing detailed location information to your council in order to apply for the planning permit.

Use the appropriate application and guidelines for your project:

Build near an asset or easement:

Stormwater connection:

Planting near our sewers, drains, waterways and water mains:

Install utilities near sewers, drains, waterways and water mains

Build a private jetty

Construct a bridge, waterway crossing or culvert

Access Melbourne Water land

You need our formal approval before you can build or work on any new or existing structure on or near our assets.

There are different application forms and processes depending on the type of development and the asset’s location.

Utility and other works

Councils, authorities and utility companies need our formal approval before working near our assets. 

There are different application forms and processes depending on the type of work and the asset’s location.

Last updated:
4 October 2017