Apply for Council consent

1. Overview

The Building Regulations contain a number of provisions where Council can decide on a variation to a proposal that does not comply with the relevant regulation, for example reduction of your front setback, building on land liable to flooding, or building a shed on vacant land.

Report & consent (dispensation)

When applying for report & consent, please ensure you provide a supporting argument as to why you are requesting the change. These may include restrictions to the property or the building design that do not allow siting to comply such as the shape or slope of the allotment, height of the building or positioning of a window. Further information can be found in the relevant report & consent appendix including an extract of the regulation and the decision guidelines.

Some of the regulations require additional information such as adjacent owner's comments or referrals to other agencies. The application form lists these requirements against the applicable regulation. 

Please refer to the relevant appendix (link above) to assist you with your application.

Building over an easement

Consent is required to build over an easement. There are many different types of easement and permission should be sought from the relevant authority, your title will show any easements on your property including details of the relevant authority. 

The most common types of easement are stormwater (Council), water (Barwon Water) and sewerage (Barwon Water). Other types of easements may also be present such as powerlines or access for the adjoining properties. 

Apply for Council consent to build over an easement under the Report & Consent application (form below) or to Barwon Water for water and sewerage easements.

Demolition consent

Prior to the commencement of demolition or removal of a building (including partial demolition/removal) you may be required to apply for Section 29a demolition consent.  A Building Permit is also required before demolition or removal of a building.

2. Report & Consent Appendix

Please refer to the relevant appendix for an extract of the Regulation and the Decision Guidelines for the relevant regulation

Appendix 1 - Reg 408 - Maximum Street Setback(PDF, 82KB)

Appendix 2 - Reg 409 - Minimum Street Setback(PDF, 103KB)

Appendix 3 - Reg 414 - Side and Rear Setbacks(PDF, 104KB)

Appendix 4 - Reg 410 - Building Height(PDF, 115KB)

Appendix 5 - Reg 415 - Wall on Boundary(PDF, 140KB)

Appendix 6 - Reg 416 - Daylight to Existing Habitable Room Windows(PDF, 108KB)

Appendix 7 - Reg 417 - Solar Access to North Facing Windows(PDF, 134KB)

Appendix 8 - Reg 418 - Overshadowing of Private Open Space(PDF, 112KB)

Appendix 9 - Reg 419 - Overlooking(PDF, 152KB)

Appendix 10 - Reg 420 - Daylight to Proposed Habitable Room Windows(PDF, 93KB)

Appendix 11 - Reg 421 - Private Open Space(PDF, 80KB)

Appendix 12 - Reg 411 - Site Coverage(PDF, 81KB)

Appendix 13 - Reg 412 - Permeability(PDF, 110KB)

Appendix 14 - Reg 413 - Car Parking(PDF, 102KB)

Appendix 15 - Reg 424 - Front Fence Height(PDF, 82KB)

Appendix 16 - Reg 425 - Fence Setback from Side or Rear Boundary(PDF, 82KB)

Appendix 17 - Reg 426 - Fence on or within 150mm of Side or Rear Boundary(PDF, 82KB)

Appendix 18 - Reg 427 - Fence on Street Alignment(PDF, 443KB)

Appendix 19 - Reg 428 - Fences and Daylight to Existing Habitable Room Windows(PDF, 80KB)

Appendix 20 - Reg 429 - Fences and Solar Access to Existing North Facing Habitable Room Windows(PDF, 82KB)

Appendix 21 - Reg 430 - Fences and Overshadowing of Open Space(PDF, 81KB)

Appendix 22 - Reg 310 - Building Over Easements(PDF, 85KB)

Appendix 23 - Reg 422 - Siting of Class 10a Building on Vacant Land(PDF, 80KB)

Appendix 24 - Reg 431 - Masts, Poles, Etc(PDF, 77KB)

Appendix 25 - Reg 513 - Projections Beyond Street Boundary(PDF, 93KB)

Appendix 26 - Reg 802 - Flood Areas(PDF, 94KB)

Appendix 27 - Reg 806 - Building on Designated Land or Works(PDF, 81KB)