Asset protection

Builders are responsible for protecting the following Council assets during the building process:

  • roads
  • footpaths
  • kerb and channel
  • drainage pits
  • nature strips
  • nature strip trees
  • signage
  • infrastructure

Builders also have a responsibility to protect assets belonging to other authorities, such as communications, water, gas and power companies.

The builder, owner builder or permit holder must undertake CCTV of the drainage legal point of discharge and provide photos or video recording to Council prior to any building works commencing.  Where this is not provided, it will be assumed no damage was done prior to the building works.

Council will generally not inspect assets within private property.  However, photos showing the condition of any Council assets (e.g. drainage pits) within a private property must be submitted with the Asset Protection Application prior to the commencement of any building works.  Where this is not provided, it will be assumed no damage was done prior to the building works.

Once the building works is completed, it is the responsibility of the builder, owner builder or owner to reinstate the nature strip including but not limited to levelling it with top soil and seeding.

Builders, contractors, suppliers and trades people must ensure damage to assets is kept to a minimum and assets are repaired if damage occurs.  Once construction is completed, it is the builder's responsibility to reinstate the nature strip (level out, top soil and seed).

Please read the Asset Protection Information Letter(DOC, 32KB) before you start the application as it provides important information on this process.

Asset Protection Application Form

The builder, owner builder or permit holder must complete an Asset Protection Application form. 

Note: you will be prompted to either register or sign in enabling you to complete the online application form (once you have registered/signed in, the Asset Protection application form can be located under Applications and Regulations, Roads and Engineering).

Apply and pay online  

Apply in person by visiting one of our customer service centres:

  • Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street, Melton
  • Caroline Springs Library and Learning Hub, 193-201 Caroline Springs Boulevard, Caroline Springs
  • Melton Library and Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton

What happens next?

Once your application has been submitted:

  1. Council will inspect the assets at and adjacent to the address or addresses you provided on your application.
  2. This is referred to as the 'initial inspection' and will be carried out within 7 days of your application receipt.  Your receipt, permit and terms and conditions will be emailed together after payment, please retain these for proof of payment and future reference.
  3. NO construction activity is to commence until seven (7) days after your application is made, following that, you may commence your construction activity.
  4. Upon issuance of notice of completion or occupancy certificate, Council will conduct a 'final inspection'.
  5. We will contact you if there is any damage to assets that we need to resolve with you.

For more details on the process, please contact our Operations Department on 9747 7200.