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Asset Protection Permits

The purpose of the Asset Protection Permit (APP) is to ensure that public assets and infrastructure (eg footpaths, drains, roads, laneways etc) are kept safe, maintained in a serviceable condition and damages repaired at the completion of the building/demolition works. Under the APP the applicant shall be held liable for any damages caused by the building/demolition works.

Under Council's Local Law No. 2 Clause 23 - Building Works, a fine of up to $1250 may apply if you commence work without a valid Asset Protection Permit.

There are set fees and security bonds which will apply to the Asset Protection Permit. The general fees are listed in the attachment below:

Application Fees and Security Bonds

**The application fee is reviewed annually by Council and applies from 1 July to 30 June the next year.


Application form required to be submitted

To apply for an Asset Protection Permit the applicant being the Builder must complete the form below and return to Council:

Asset Protection Permit Application Form


Submission of the Asset Protection Permit application form

Application can be submitted through the following methods:

Mail to:
City of Greater Dandenong
PO Box 200

Fax to: (03) 8571 5196

In person: Return completed form to any Council’s Customer Service Centres

For further information or enquiries please phone 8571 1000. 


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
  • any building demolition work


What is security bond?

A security bond is required to cover any potential costs associated with damages to Council infrastructure as a direct result of your works.  

If you choose the option for Council to undertake the rectification works, the costs will be deducted from the bond and the remainder refunded to the applicant accordingly. If the rectification costs exceed the bond amount, Council will cover the excess and invoice you to recover the additional amount.

Is there an alternative to rectify damages?

The applicant may choose to carry out rectification works for the damage identified through the APP final inspection by obtain a Civil Works Permit.  Note a permit must be obtained prior to undertaking any works.

To apply for a Civil Works Permit the applicant must complete the form below and return to Council.

Civil Works Permit Application Form

How do I reclaim my security bond?

The process to return the security bond is initiated by requesting a final inspection of the completed works through the following:

  1. The final inspection can only occur if all of the conditions below are met:

    1. Footpath and vehicle crossing are free of building materials, debris, mud etc.

    2. Nature strip is levelled and grass seeded

    3. Temporary fencing/electricity supply pole is removed

    4. Bins and skips are cleared from the nature strip

    5. Hot water system is completely installed

    6. Certificate of Occupancy, Final Inspection Certificate or Statement of Completion (whichever is applicable), is submitted to Council via email to

  2. Book a final inspection via email to or by telephoning 8571 5350.  Allow 48 hours for an inspection to occur.

On completion of the inspection and 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

A letter of release will be sent to the permit holder and the bond will be returned accordingly. 


How long does it take to obtain a Permit?

The permit will be issued within ten working days, subject to receipt of all required information. The permit 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 quoting your APP reference number and address

  • Pay applicable renewal fee via cash, cheque or credit card (contact Council on 8571 1000 and advise 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.