Engineering Plan Checking

If you are undertaking building work, connecting to Council's drain or subdividing land, you may need to provide an engineering plan to be checked and approved by Council.

From 1 September 2020, plans submitted for engineering plan checking and approval must be submitted online and pay the appropriate fee.

You can lodge your Engineering Plan Checking Application

When is an Engineer Plan Checking Application required?

The Engineering Plan Checking Application is required when:

  • Your proposed works have received planning approval and you need to provide engineering plans in accordance with the Planning Permit Conditions.
  • In some circumstances, Council has asked for engineering plans for approval.

The engineering plan checking application does not cover structural engineering drawings.

What is the difference between Engineering, Drainage and Civil Construction Plans?

Engineering (Drainage) Plans are plans that require minor drainage and engineering works, generally associated with smaller developments such as multi-unit sites.

Civil Construction Plans include drainage and engineering works, but also include civil construction works such as roads, laneways, footpaths and streetscape works. They are generally associated with larger commercial or industrial sites, but can also include some multi-unit sites.

How much does the Engineering Plan Checking Application cost?

The following tables set out the fee structure for Engineering Plan Checking Applications:

Engineering / Drainage Plan Fees

Engineering / Drainage Plan


Assessment and Approval
(this allows for 1 amendment to the initial plan submitted)

$ 400

Additional amendment for assessment and approval

$ 150

Amendment to an Approved Plan

$ 150
Civil Construction Plan Fees

Civil Construction Plan


Assessment and Approval
(this allows for 2 amendments to the initial plan submitted)

$ 960

Additional amendment for assessment and approval

$ 300

Amendment to an Approved Plan

$ 300

For larger subdivision sites, the fees will be provided in the Planning Permit.

With the initial lodgement of your Engineering/Drainage plan, you can resubmit 1 amended plan without extra fees being applied.

With Civil Construction plans, you can submit up to 2 amended plans without extra charges being applied.

Additional amended plans submitted will incur additional charges.

If you require an amendment to an approved plan, this will also be charged.

What information is required to be lodged?

When you initially lodge plans for approval, you must provide the following:

You are required to check and sign off the Engineering Plan Checklist (pdf, 773KB) prior to submitting the plans. If the relevant documents requested above are not submitted for approval, you may experience delays in the plans being processed.

How do I lodge my Engineering Plan Checking Application?

You can lodge your Engineering Plan Checking Application online:

Engineering Plan Checking Application

If you are unable to do it online, please call Customer Service team on 9518 3555.

How long does it take to receive the approved plans?

If all documents and payments are received, your application will be processed within 10 working days.

Further enquiries


Phone: (03) 9518 3555

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Last updated: 01 September 2020