Legal Point of Discharge

Legal Point of Discharge Application (pdf, 806KB)

Application fee - $144.70 (incl. GST)

In order to successfully complete your Building Permit application, you will need to indicate the location of the ‘legal point of discharge’ on your property.

Once you submit the Legal Point of Discharge application and fee, Council will provide a written report detailing the information within 10 working days.

What is the ‘legal point of discharge’?

Stormwater collected on a property is drained to what is usually the lowest point on the property, which is known as the ‘legal point of discharge of a property’. Collected stormwater is then ‘discharged’ or released to an underground Council drain.

Or, if no underground drain is accessible, the stormwater is drained to the ‘kerb and channel’ at the end of your driveway.

In some cases, you, as the property owner, will be required to construct a new drain to connect with an underground Council one.

Why is the ‘legal point of discharge of a property’ important?

If you’re building an entirely new structure, it’s important not to block stormwater from draining away.

Even if you’re just repairing the roof of an existing structure, you also want to avoid your building materials being washed down the drain. Equally you don’t want any garbage or discards mixing in with exiting stormwater, potentially contaminating our waterways.

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Last updated: 21 July 2020