What you need to know

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Learn everything you need to know about essential services we provide and permits you may need.

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Explore and click on the hotspots on the image to find out some of the more common things around your house you may need a permit for.

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GazeboDriveway crossoverProtect Council assets during constructionFront FenceRoad OccupancyStormwater Drain ConnectionDig up a Naturestrip, Road or FootpathVerandah/PorchResidential BinsCarportGarageSolar PanelsPergolaDeckSwimming Pool / SpaPool / Spa Safety BarrierShedRun a home-based businessHard wasteEasementBoundary fence (side and rear)Significant TreesCanopy TreesWater TankCubby HouseGranny FlatSkip Bin PlacementRoad Closure/Street PartyAnimalsParking PermitsRetaining WallPark/Reserve access

Gazebo

A gazebo is a freestanding, roofed structure that is usually open on the sides. Often, gazebos are built within a garden for outdoor entertaining and dining.

Do I need a permit for a gazebo? Maybe. Depending on your property and what you are planning to build, you may require:

  1. Building Permit
  2. Planning Permit
  3. Asset Protection
  4. Build Over Easement

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Driveway crossover

A driveway crossover aka a 'vehicle crossing' is the section of driveway between the road and your property. It's council-owned and needs to be protected during construction on your property.

Do I need a permit? Yes, for works on the driveway crossover you would need the following:

1. Vehicle Crossing Location Approval
2. Works within a Municipal Road Reserve

Depending on the situation you might also need:

3. Planning Permit

Begin your application for works on the driveway crossover online today!

Protect Council assets during construction

Council assets are things owned by Council, like footpaths, nature strips, trees, drains, laneways and the road pavement.

Do I need a permit? Yes. The majority of building works require material to be moved to and from the property. For these works to occur you need:

1. Asset Protection Permit 

Apply for your permit online today!

Front Fence

A front fence is any form of wall, screen or barrier that is within 3m of a street boundary.

Do I need a permit? Maybe. Depending on the situation you may need the following:

1. Building Permit
2. Planning Permit
3. Asset Protection Permit

Read more about fences or get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat about what you may need.

Road Occupancy

Roads, footpaths, kerbing and naturestrips are all things owned by Council.

Do I need a permit? Yes. If, during your works, you are likely to store equipment in these locations, you will need:

1. Road Occupancy Permit

Complete the application form today.

Stormwater Drain Connection

Stormwater flows through your property's private drainage system into Council's stormwater drainage system. The Legal Point of Discharge is the drains entry point into Council assets. These assets include a Council drain, kerb, channel, easement etc. The property owner is responsible for drainage up to, and including that connection point.

Do I need a permit? Yes, when undertaking new building works, you will require:

1. Legal Point of Discharge Application

Depending on your situation your may also need:

2. Works within a Municipal Road Reserve Application
3. Drainage Inspection Application

Fill in the most relevant application form today.

Dig up a Naturestrip, Road or Footpath

Naturestrips, footpaths and roads are things owned by Council. Are you, or your tradie needing to dig up Council managed land to get to a stormwater drain or essential services such as water, power or gas?

Do I need a permit? Yes, for private works you will need:

1. Works within a Municipal Road Reserve Application

For utility emergency works, no permit is required. However, utility providers are to notify Council following emergency works.

For more information head here:

https://mvcc.vic.gov.au/work/my-development/footpaths-roads-drains-permits/#municipalroadreserve_application

Verandah/Porch

A verandah is an open-sided, solid roofed structure that is attached to a building. It can be partially enclosed.

Do I need a permit? Yes, you would require the following:

1. Building Permit

but depending on the situation you may also need:

2. Planning Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Residential Bins

Wondering what goes in each of your bins, when your bins get collected or do you need to order a new bin?

Find out all this and more on our Waste and Recycling page.

Carport

A carport is a shelter for a car, generally consisting of a solid roof and open sides.

Do I need a permit? Yes, you need the following:

1. Building Permit

and depending on the situation you may need these too:

2. Asset Protection Permit
3. Build Over Easement Permit
4. Planning Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Garage

A garage is a building for a car, that is enclosed with a solid roof.

Do I need a permit?

Yes. You would need a:

1. Building Permit

and depending on the situation you may need:

2. Planning Permit
3. Build Over Easement

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9243 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are used to capture and store solar energy. They can be installed on your roof.

Do I need a permit? Maybe, depending on the situation, you may require:

Read more about the benefits of getting solar panels in your home.

Pergola

A pergola is an outdoor structure consisting of a columns framework without a solid roof. Some pergolas are covered by material which allows water to pass through, or have climbing plants.

Do I need a permit? Yes, you would need:

1. Building Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Deck

A deck is usually an elevated floor built above the ground, that can be freestanding or connected to the main building.

Do I need a permit? Yes, you would need:

1. Building Permit

and depending on the situation, you may also need:

2. Asset Protection Permit
3. Build Over Easement Permit
4. Planning Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Swimming Pool / Spa

A pool or spa is a structure that holds 30cm or more of water and is used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling. It could be on-ground or above ground.

Do I need a permit? Yes, you would need:

1. Building Permit

and depending on the situation you may also need:

2. Asset Protection Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Pool / Spa Safety Barrier

Safety barriers are required in Victoria for pools that hold 30cm of water or more. Safety Barriers must meet a number of regulations including being built by a professional and having self-latching and self-closing pool gates.

Do I need a permit? Yes, you would need:

1. Building Permit

also depending on the situation you may also need:

2. Planning Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Shed

A shed is a freestanding building in your backyard that’s not built to be lived in by humans. It has solid walls and a roof and may store gardening equipment or tools.

Do I need a permit? Maybe. Depending on the situation you may need:

1. Building Permit
2. Planning Permit
3. Asset Protection Permit
4. Build Over Easement Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Run a home-based business

Do you run your business out of your home instead of having an office or workshop?

Do I need a permit? Maybe, depending on the situation you may need:

1. Planning Permit

Read more about starting a business in Moonee Valley.

Hard waste

Got rubbish that doesn't fit in your wheelie bin? Did you know we provide an at-call hard rubbish service.

Do I need a permit? Nope.

Read more about how you can book in your collection.

Easement

Do you have an essential service on your land? It could be a storm water drain or electricity lines. Council must be able to access Essential Services for maintenance and may enter your property – that’s what’s called an easement. There’s rules about the work you can do around easements.

Do I need a permit? Yes, you need:

Build Over Easement Permit

Boundary fence (side and rear)

A boundary or dividing fence is a fence built on the edge of your property that separates it from your neighbour’s property.

Do I need a permit? Maybe, depending on the situation you may need:

1. Building Permit
2. Planning Permit

Read more about fences and what is required for a shared fence.

Significant Trees

We have more than a thousand trees on private and public property that are recognised in our Significant Tree Register.

Do I need a permit? Yes. You would need:

1. Planning Permit

Find out more about significant trees.

Canopy Trees

A Canopy tree is any tree with a total trunk circumference of 110 centimetres or more measured at a point 1.5 metres along the trunk’s length from the closest point above ground level; or

  1.  if multi-stemmed, with a total trunk circumference of all its trunks of 110 centimetres or more, measured at a point 1.5 metres along the trunks’ lengths from the closest point above ground level; or
  2. with a trunk circumference of 150 centimetres or more measured at ground level.

Do I need a permit? Yes. You would need:

  1. Tree and Canopy Protection permit

Water Tank

Water tanks are used for storing rainwater collected by a roof.

Do I need a permit? Maybe, depending on your situation you may need:

1. Building Permit
2. Planning Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Cubby House

A cubby house is a small structure built for children to play in.

Do I need a permit? Nope, no permit needed.

Granny Flat

A granny flat is a self-contained housing unit located on the same block as a single-family dwelling.

Do I need a permit? Maybe, depending on the situation you may need:

1. Building Permit
2. Planning Permit
3. Asset Protection Permit
4. Build Over Easement Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Skip Bin Placement

A skip bin is a large open container that is filled with waste materials and then collected and disposed of. These are commonly found in construction and renovation sites.

Do I need a permit? Yes. Permits are provided to Skip Bin Companies Accredited with Council.

Find out more about our accredited skip bin providers.

Road Closure/Street Party

Need to close part or all of your road for a party or special event?

Do I need a permit? Yes, you would need:

  1. Temporary Road Closure/ Street Party Application

Apply for your permit online today!

Animals

All cats and dogs over the age of three months must be registered with us.

Do I need a permit? Yes, you would need these:

  1. Animal Registration

Depending on the situation you may also require:

2. Additional Animal Permit

Parking Permits

If there are ‘Permit Zone’ or timed parking signs (e.g. ‘2P’) near you, you may be entitled to parking permits.

Do I need a permit? Maybe, depending on the situation you may need:

  1. Parking Permit Application

Retaining Wall

A retaining wall is a permanent structure that is designed to hold back earth or water.

Do I need a permit? Maybe, depending on the situation you may need these:

1. Building Permit
2. Planning Permit

Why not get in touch with our friendly Building Team on 9423 8888 to chat more about what you may need.

Park/Reserve access

While we appreciate residents may want to access the rear of their property for construction or maintenance work via a Council managed park, garden or utility corner, we are unable to grant this access for these purposes.

Do I need a permit? No.

Waste & Recycling

Together we can make a difference

Reducing waste is the responsibility of everyone. Find out how you can help, as well as import info such as when your bin is collected, what goes in what bin, and learn more about our at-call hard waste collection service and Transfer Station.

Rates

Learn where your rates are going

Did you know your rates help us deliver more than 200 services to our community? Learn more about your rates, how they are calculated and how to pay.

Pets & Animals

Furry, fluffy or feathered

Bet you didn't know you could keep up to 40 racing pigeons on a large property in Moonee Valley. There's plenty more quirky animal facts where that came from, as well as details on registering your pets, barking dogs, dog attacks, prowling cats and missing pets.

Living sustainably

See the simple changes you can make

Want to live more sustainably but don't know where to start? Check out our tips on reducing plastic at home, water saving tips, what to do with your garden and food waste, and saving energy.

The A-Z's of recycling

It's as easy as ABC

Not sure the best way to dispose of something? Check out our handy A-Z guide to recycling.