Asset protection permits

When you need an Asset Protection permit

All building works require an Asset Protection permit from Council before building work starts.

The responsibility for protecting Council assets rests with the owner of the property, who is held liable for the full cost of replacing damaged assets caused by the owner, their builder or contractor.

Most building works require machinery and building materials to be moved to and from a property. Council has found that this has the potential to damage Council assets around the building site, including footpaths, nature strips, kerb and channels, road pavement, stormwater drainage, trees and signs.

The Environmental and Civic Assets Local Law 2014 places responsibility on the builder to care for Council assets and keep the site safe during the building work. Any damage that is found during and following building works will be charged to the person in charge.

It is the responsibility of the owner and/or builder to inform Council of any pre-existing damage before building works commence. This is noted at the final inspection after building works are completed. Any new damage needs to be repaired or paid for by the person in charge.

If you do not obtain an Asset Protection permit

Along with a building permit, the Asset Protection permit authorises work to be performed at a building site.

Without a valid permit, a building site is in breach of the local law. Where building works are detected without Council having been notified or before an Asset Protection permit has been issued, an infringement notice will be issued to the owner for failing to comply with Environmental and Civic Assets Local Law 2014.

In this case, Council will assume that all public assets were in a satisfactory condition before building works started and that any damage was caused by building works associated with the property.

Fee

An Asset Protection permit application incurs a fee. These fees are reviewed yearly.

Fees for 2017-18

Code Type of building works being undertaken Permit fee

1

Reblocking or underpinning

$160

2

Building works valued between $5000 and $20,000

$160

3

Demolition (does not include any building works)

$160

4

Building works over $20,000 other than those types listed below

$320

5

Single dwelling construction

$320

6

Unit development – up to 4 units

$800

7

Unit development – more than 4 units and up to 8 units

$960

8

Unit development - more than 8 units

$2125

9

Multi-storey development  more than 2 storeys and up to 5 storeys

$2125

10

Multi-storey development more than 5 storeys

$3200

How to apply for an Asset Protection permit

What you need

  • Photographs of any pre-existing damage. This is your protection against paying for existing damage.

How to apply

When your building permit is lodged with Council by a private building surveyor or is issued by Council, Council sends you an Asset Protection permit application form and invoice for the permit fee.

An Asset Protection permit invoice is generated and sent at the same time as the application form in order to speed up the time it takes to issue a permit.

You can also request an application form by contacting the Council Operations Centre on email Council Operations Centre or phone 8311 4300.

Send your completed and signed application form with photographs of any pre-existing damage to Council:

Pay the fee online through the Council website or at a Council Customer Service Centre.

What happens after you apply

Once your application has been received, the application will then be processed and a permit is issued.

Building works can begin once you have a building permit and an Asset Protection permit.

An Asset Protection permit is valid for one year from date of issue. If your building works take longer than this you will be required to renew the permit.

When you have completed your works, contact Council to arrange a final inspection of Council assets at your property.

If damage has occurred to Council assets and it is deemed the damage is associated with your building activity, the extent of damage is detailed and you are notified in writing.

Council will ask that you either arrange for the repairs independently or agree to Council contractors carrying out the repairs. If you choose Council contractors to do the work, an invoice will be sent for the repair costs. This needs to be paid before Council issues a Letter of Clearance or starts repair works.

Watch Council's video about asset protection

A short animation about asset protection when carrying out a building project. Make sure you do the right thing and obtain your permit from Council before you build.