Do I need a Permit?

Asset Protection Permits are designed to protect public assets and infrastructure when they may be affected by building work, and are required at the discretion of Council. Something as standard to any building project as moving equipment, machinery, and building materials across a public road and pavement, has the ability to significantly affect public infrastructure like footpath and road condition, and access to stormwater drains.

So Council will require an Asset Protection Permit for anything other than minor building work.  It is essentially your guarantee that your personal building project will leave public assets in the condition you found them in. That cracks in the footpath will be repaired and stormwater drains can function. Because none of us like tripping over cracks in the footpath or squelching in the mud, (or worse), where non-functioning drains have left the paths and nature strips flooded.

There is a fee of $217 and you will have to set aside funds for the security deposit as well. Please be aware that larger, (especially commercial), projects may have to pay a larger fee.



  1. Council receives notification from your Building surveyor that your building work may affect public assets and infrastructure.
  2. Council inspects the site, taking into account the extent of the building works and the potential for damage to public assets like that stormwater drain or public road.
  3. Council uses this information to determine the size of the security deposit.
  4. The property owner is sent a formal notice that the Asset Protection Permit will be needed before any building works can commence, and a copy of the official application form for the Asset Protection Permit.
  5. Once the permit application, - and the building work, - is successfully completed, a Certificate of Final Inspection or a Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
  6. Council again inspects the site to ensure that the appropriate care, and/ or repairs have been undertaken. Please see: Asset Protection Final Inspection Check List
  7. Any damage that wasn’t present at the previous inspection will be repaired at your expense.
  8. Any remaining balance of the security deposit once these repairs have been made will be refunded to you.

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Last updated: 11 October 2016