Asset Protection Permits
The purpose of asset protection is to ensure that public assets and infrastructure (eg footpaths, drains, roads, laneways etc) is safe, maintained in a serviceable condition and not left damaged at the completion of the building/demolition works. The applicant shall be held liable for damages caused by the building/demolition works.
The applicant must therefore notify the Council of all existing damage by completing and submitting all requirements of the Pre-commencement Report.
A fine of up to $1250 may apply if you start work without an Asset Protection Permit. Refer to Local Law No. 2 Clause 23 Building Works.
Important Note – Pre-commencement Report
Failure to submit a fully-completed Pre-commencement Report with the Asset Protection Form will result in the immediate cancellation of your application and forfeit of your application fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is an Asset Protection Permit required?
An asset protection permit is required when undertaking construction, renovation, alteration, relocation etc:
- building works where the cost exceeds $10,000
- swimming pools, spas and water features where the cost exceeds $5000
- all building demolition works.
Why should I notify Council of any asset damage?
You are required under Local Law No. 2 Clause 23, to obtain an Asset Protection Permit for any activities that may cause damage to Council’s infrastructure assets and obliged to notify Council of any damages. Notification is only done by fully completing a Pre-commencement Report.
How much does an Asset Protection Permit cost?
A non-refundable application fee of $279**applies to meet administrative and site inspection costs. Inspection costs are incurred by Council to assess the condition of its assets before, during and after building works.
**The application fee is reviewed annually by Council and applies from 1 July to 30 June the next year.
What is an Asset Protection Pre-commencement Report?
The Pre-commencement Report protects the applicant against paying for damage that may have existed prior to starting the building works. To clearly identify the damaged assets on site, the applicant is required to provide a written description of pre-existing damage as well as photographic evidence of damage and of surrounding area.
What is security bond?
A security bond is required to cover cost of damaged assets resulting from your building works. If the value of the bond does not cover the rectification costs, Council will invoice you to recover the additional cost. If minor or no damage occurs, then partial or entire bond will be returned to you accordingly. The applicable bond is:
$1500 - residential properties
$2000 - commercial/ Industrial properties
Is there an alternative to rectify damages?
The applicant may choose to carry out rectification works to Council’s standards and/or specifications provided this is arranged prior to commencing rectification.
How do I reclaim my security bond?
Once the building works are complete, you are required to:
- Book a final inspection, preferably via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling customer service 8571 5350. Allow 48 hours for an inspection to occur
- Ensure footpath and vehicle crossing are free of building materials, debris, mud etc
- Ensure that nature strip is leveled and grass seeded.
If Council’s authorised officer is satisfied that no damage has been caused or damage has been repaired to Council’s standards and/or specifications, then a bond is returned and a letter of release will be sent to the permit holder.
What are the six things I need to obtain Asset Protection Permit?
In order for your application to proceed as smoothly as possible, please simultaneously submit the following completed forms as well as pay the necessary fees:
- Pre-commencement Report and photographs
- Permit Application Form
- Public Liability Insurance Details (Demolisher and/or Builder)
- Non-Refundable Application Fee of $279 (valid till end of June 2017)
- Refundable Bond of $1500 (Residential) or $2000 (Industrial/Commercial)
- Electronic Funds Transfer Form (EFT) for bond refund
How long does it take to obtain a Permit?
Your permit will be issued within 10 working days, subject to receipt of all required information, and is valid for the specified period, or 12 months from the date of issue, unless renewed or extended.
How do I renew or extend my Permit?
Council will send you a Permit Expiry Letter advising that works should not continue without the valid Asset Protection Permit. If your works need to be extended or renewed, you need to:
- Send email to email@example.com quoting your APP reference number and address
- Pay applicable renewal fee via cash, cheque or credit card (phone 8571 5100 – Customer Service) and advise firstname.lastname@example.org of receipt details
- Council will then issue a renewal permit, via email or post (if email is not provided).
Note: No new application forms are required to be submitted for renewal