Asset Protection permits

Yarra Ranges Council’s Asset Protection permits protect Council’s public land and assets including (but not restricted to) footpaths, nature strips, drains, pits, kerbs and channels, vegetation, signs, poles, road reserves, park reserves, sealed and unsealed roads.  These assets could be affected as a result of ‘demolition, building, or other works’ (hereafter referred to as ‘works’) conducted on private land

Asset Protection permits allow the transportation of equipment, machinery, buildings and/or building materials across an appropriately constructed Council approved vehicle crossing, or a Council approved temporary vehicle crossing.

Asset Protection permits ensure that should damage occur that it is restored to Council’s satisfaction and that public land and/or assets are not left in an unsightly or unsafe condition.  Asset Protection permits also ensure that if damage does occur, that Council can recover the cost of repairs from permit holders rather than from ratepayers.

Works, including the delivery of materials and/or equipment, must not commence until an Asset Protection permit has been issued. 

Should works commence prior to the issue of an Asset Protection permit, a breach of Yarra Ranges Shire Council Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2020 will have been committed which may result in appropriate enforcement action and the issue of a penalty infringement notice(s).

Apply

Step 1.Do I need an asset protection permit? 

You will need a permit for the following:

  • Construction of a dwelling/unit/townhouse/apartment/dependent persons unit
  • Demolition/removal of a structure
  • Construction/installation of an in-ground swimming pool
  • Commercial/industrial/retail development with cost of works $40,000 and above
  • Extension to a dwelling with cost of works $40,000 and above
  • Additions/alterations to a dwelling with cost of works $40,000 and above
  • Construction of an outbuilding with cost of works $40,000 and above
  • Landscaping and/or other works posing a risk to public land/assets
  • Access to a site via a Council park or reserve –Refer to following link: Application to access a Park Reserve 
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  • Note: An Asset Protection Officer may determine to waive the requirement to obtain an Asset Protection permit if the proposed works and/or location of proposed works are considered by the Officer to be of a low risk to public land and/or assets.

Step 2.Works that do not require an Asset Protection permit:

The following is a list of common building works that do not require an Asset Protection permit:

  • Works of a low risk nature with cost of works less than $40,000
  • Restumping / underpinning of a dwelling/unit
  • Installation of an above-ground pool/spa
  • Installation of pool/spa safety barrier
  • Internal fit-out (office, tenancy, residential)

If the works you are planning are not listed above please email an enquiry to mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au  where an Asset Protection Officer will assess the proposed works/location of works/estimated cost of works and determine whether, or not, an Asset Protection Permit is required.

Step 3.Contact the Asset Protection team to apply

To find out if you require an asset protection permit, or to apply for a permit, please contact the Asset Protection team by email at mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au outlining your name, address, contact number, property address where works are to occur and the works that you are proposing and one of the team will be in contact with you.

Step 4.Asset Protection permit payment

The team will provide you with an Asset Protection permit application forms including your nominated payment details for payment of the associated permit fee and bond for your completion and return.

FAQ's

Fees & Security Bonds

(valid until June 2021)

Residential Works (including the construction of up to two (2) new dwellings on a site)

Permit Fee                $   256.00 

Security Bond         $1,000.00 *

Commercial Works (including the construction of three (3) or more new dwellings on a site, apartments, large-scale developments, retail developments, etc )

Permit Fee                $   489.50

Security Bond         $2,000.00 *

**  Security bonds listed are minimum bonds.  An Asset Protection Officer may determine that the proposed works are of a high risk to public land/assets and may apply a bond in excess of the minimum specified

How to Reclaim Asset Protection Permit Bond

Council must be in receipt of an Occupancy Certificate and/or Certificate of Final Inspection for building works before a Post Build inspection or refund of the Asset Protection permit security bond will occur.

Certificates may be emailed to Council at mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au (perhaps autofill the email Subject with ‘Occupancy Certificate/Certificate of Final Inspection’).

Upon receipt of an Occupancy Certificate and/or Certificate of Final Inspection an Asset Protection Officer will schedule a ‘Post Build’ inspection.  Please allow 10 working days for a Post Build inspection to be conducted.

If the Post Build inspection reveals that no damage has occurred as a result of building works, an Asset Protection Officer will request that the security bond be released, after which the asset protection permit holder (i.e. bond payee) will receive an email and/or phone call from Council’s Finance team requesting that banking details be provided so that the security bond can be refunded directly to the bank account of the bond payee via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

If the Post Build inspection reveals that damage has occurred, an Asset Protection Officer will send the asset protection permit holder a letter outlining the works required to be undertaken in order to reinstate the damaged land and/or assets. 

Once reinstatement works have been completed to the satisfaction of Council, the security bond will be refunded.

Should you fail to undertake and/or otherwise fail complete reinstatement works to the satisfaction of Council, the security bond will be retained and the reinstatement works will be scheduled for completion by Council.  Should the cost of reinstatement works exceed the value of the bond, Council will issue the permit holder with an invoice for the excess costs.

How long is an Asset Protection permit valid?

An Asset Protection permit is valid until the associated building permit(s) has been completed (i.e. an Occupancy Certificate and/or a Certificate of Final Inspection has been issued by a building surveyor).  Council must be in receipt of the associated Certificate(s) to be aware that building works have been completed.

Where works do not involve a building permit an asset protection permit is valid for 24 months from the date of issue.

Where building works are of an ongoing nature for several years, and the associated building permit has not expired/lapsed, Council may establish whether the remaining works propose an ongoing risk to public land and/or assets.  Where it is determined by an Asset Protection Officer that the remaining works do not propose a risk to public land and/or asset, the Officer may (where no damage as a result of building works is evident) from time to time, determine to refund an Asset Protection security bond and/or otherwise complete an Asset Protection permit.