Reducing the impact of building works

Protection work notices

If your building works could affect an adjoining property, please obtain a protection work notice. This is needed before you obtain a building permit.

Apply for a protection work notice.

Protecting assets

After getting a building permit for work on your property, you are likely to also require an asset protection permit. This means the owner (or builder) must pay the repair cost of any damage to footpaths, kerbs, roads, driveways, nature strips or street trees.

We will send you an application form once you (or your building surveyor) have lodged your intention to build.

You must apply for this permit at least seven days before starting work.

The permit is valid for 24 months from date of issue. Permits cost $308, with a bond of $1,500 (refunded if you don’t cause any damage).

Public safety and fencing

You are responsible for public safety during building works at your property. You will need to install a fence around your building site to restrict access and protect the public. Penalties apply if you do not have a fence, or if your fence does not comply.

Protective hoardings may be required for building sites that occupy Council footpaths, roads or Council land. The hoardings may be water filled bollards, gantry or fences that secure the sites and provide a safe walkway for the public.

Social impact assessments

Some application require a social impact assessment report as part of the application. This includes:

  • major residential projects which will have significant population increase
  • multi-storey residential developments
  • where there is a change in land use to facilitate residential development
  • rezoning from industrial use to residential use
  • rezoning of public open space.

Download the Social impact assessment for significant residential developments: policy and guideline.(PDF, 102KB)

Open space contributions

Significant developments require a contribution towards open space in the City of Maribyrnong. To help meet the needs and expectations of the city’s existing and future residents, Council’s Open space strategy (developed in 2014)(PDF, 9MB) guides the future provision, design and management of open space.