Building and Planning support
Making homes habitable again, reinstalling fencing and securing planning approvals, building permits and occupancy certificates after the October 2022 floods can present new challenges for residents.
Council’s building and planning teams are here to help you understand what groundwork, forms, building permits and planning permits may be needed for any works to meet applicable standards. If you are undertaking significant repairs, rebuilding or developing flood-affected land (including electrical or plumbing work) it’s crucial to seek guidance on the relevant building safety regulations. Planning permits may also be needed for demolition, building or renovating, fence repairs or replacements.
Early advice can save time, money, energy and stress and our teams are committed to providing clear advice and step-by-step guidance as you move forward in recovery. For this reason, Council this year ran regular weekly drop-in building and planning support sessions 2-5pm from mid-July to October at the Maribyrnong Community Centre. Over 14 weeks, eight people attended the drop-in sessions with face-to-face property enquiries. Most other flood-related building enquiries have continued to be received outside these sessions.
Changes to service
We are now changing how we continue to deliver building and planning support for flood-affected property owners on an ongoing basis. You are encouraged to make individual appointments for specific advice on flood-related building or property development issues.
Council’s building and planning officers are happy to meet with residents on-site by request. This is the best way to receive practical advice, whilst viewing a property together.
If you prefer to discuss your plans elsewhere, please request a time to meet our building and planning officers at the Maribyrnong Community Centre, or suggest a location that suits you. Normal fees which apply to this type of advice have been waived as part of Council’s Flood Recovery Program.
Our officers are committed to walking you through Council’s application processes and policies, as well as identifying if you may need to engage an independent building surveyor or planning firm.
Our teams are always available via our Customer Service number (03) 9688 0200. Choose the option to the Building and Planning department for a direct transfer. Should you need a translator to assist during these discussions, please let us know. If you prefer email, you can seek support via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If there is a marked increase in the volume of building and planning enquiries involving flood recovery, we may resume drop-in sessions in early 2024.