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Asset Protection Permit

You must obtain an Asset Protection Permit before you start any building works. Building works includes activities such as the installation of swimming pools, safety barriers, shop fit-outs, fences as well as any associated excavation or demolition.

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Minor building works

You need an Asset Protection Permit before you start any building or demolition works. The exception is minor building works valued at less than $5,000 and not involving masonry structures and demolition. Minor building works are building works that do not need a building permit under the Building Act 1993. To find out when you need a building permit, see the Victorian Building Authority publication — When is a building permit required (PDF, 177KB).

Why do I need an Asset Protection Permit?

Building works can damage Council assets, which include footpaths, nature strips, kerb and channels, pavement, stormwater drains, trees and signs. Anyone doing building works must protect Council assets from damage, which may occur from the building works including from activities such as the moving of equipment, machinery or building materials.

It’s the responsibility of the person in charge of a building site to:

  • obtain an Asset Protection Permit before commencing or allowing any building works to be to commenced
  • inform us of any existing damage before the start of the building works (this protects you from having to pay for this damage)
  • protect our assets during works.

If you, a builder or contractor damages our assets during works, penalties of up to $2,000 may apply to the person responsible as well as liability for the full cost of the repair or replacement of the damaged asset.

For more information, read Asset Protection Permit: general information (PDF, 137KB)

If building works commence without an Asset Protection Permit, penalties of up to $2,000 may apply. It is an offence, under clause 15(1) of the Glen Eira City Council Community Local Law 2019 to carry out or allow to be carried out building works unless an Asset Protection Permit has been obtained.

What is the cost of the Permit?

Permit fee: $276


  • Residential Single Frontage Development (a lot shares boundaries with a single road): $2,000
  • Residential Corner Development (a lot shares boundaries adjoining two separate roads): $5,000
  • Commercial/Large Scale Developments: to be assessed by Council

There may be an additonal security bond bond amount payable during the application assessment. An officer will advise you of any changes.

Can I apply for an Asset Protection Permit online?

Yes, you can register to apply for permits online. When we approve your registration, we’ll send you a confirmation email. If you’re already registered, please log in.