What is it? How can I apply? Who needs to apply? How can I reclaim my security bond? What will it cost? Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
What is it?
Asset protection helps the City of Casey protect its valuable infrastructure assets from any damage that may occur during building or demolition works (including the delivery of any materials and equipment).
If damage occurs, Council can recover the costs of repair from permit holders, rather than ratepayers.
For more information, please see the FAQ section and Council's Asset Protection Permit Local Law 2016.
Who needs to apply?
You must apply for an Asset Protection Permit if you are planning to build (or undertake demolition works) in the City of Casey. To find out what building works need a permit, please see the FAQ section.
Works (including the delivery of any materials and equipment) cannot start until a permit is granted.
What will it cost?
There are two payments required with your application:
Non-refundable permit application fee: $200 (GST incl.)
Minimum security bond: $1000*
*The minimum security bond applies to most residential building works. For commercial and large-scale developments, including multi-lot subdivisions, Council may require a higher security bond. In such cases, Council will issue the Applicant with the revised security bond. The Applicant must pay the revised security bond in full before a permit can be issued.
For more information on the security bond and how to reclaim it, please see How can I reclaim my security bond?
Or print and complete the Asset Protection Permit Application Form. (606kb)
Note: You must inspect and photograph your building site for pre-existing damage to Council assets. Notify Council of any damage in your permit application, or by submitting the City of Casey Pre-existing Damage Report Template (204kb) or your own pre-existing damage report.
If approved, Council will email your permit within 3-5 working days. Please allow a longer processing time if you choose to receive your permit in the post.
You cannot start building until a permit is granted.
The permit will be valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
How can I reclaim my security bond?
Notify Council that works have finished
After you have finished your building works, you must notify Council within seven days.
Notify Council via the Request for Final Inspection of Council Assets form. (420kb)
A Council Authorised Officer will then conduct a final inspection of the building site for any damage.
Final inspection of building site
If the final inspection reveals no damage to Council assets, Council will return your security bond within 28 working days.
If the final inspection reveals damage to Council assets, Council will:
- repair the damage at the permit holder's expense
- have the permit holder repair the damage, in accordance with Council standards and conditions.
If the cost of repair is less than the security bond, Council will refund the remainder to you.
If the cost of repair is more than the security bond, Council will retain your security bond and invoice you for the difference.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Why is asset protection important?
There are many benefits of asset protection:
- Council can protect public property from accidental damage caused by building and demolition works.
- Builders in the City of Casey are not unfairly made to pay for damage that they didn't cause.
- Rate money is not wasted on unnecessary repair costs.
For more information, please see the Asset Protection Permit Local Law 2016.
When can I start building?
You can only start building after you have received your permit.
If you start building before receiving your permit, you may receive a penalty infringement notice of $1000 under Council's Asset Protection Permit Local Law 2016.
How long will it take to receive my permit?
Council will process online applications within 3-5 working days. If approved, your permit will be emailed to you.
Council will process paper applications within 7-10 days. If approved, your permit will be sent in the post. Please allow a further 3-5 days to receive the permit in the post.
How long is my permit valid?
Your permit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
What are Council assets?
A Council asset is a structure that has a public service function and may require Council management and upkeep. They include, but are not limited to:
- nature strips
- kerb and channel
- drainage pits and pipes
- street furniture
- street trees
- service pits.
What if I forget to declare damage to a Council asset?
You will be liable for the cost of repair to any undeclared damage to Council assets. Please conduct a thorough inspection of all Council assets surrounding your building site. Provide descriptions, and attach photographs and diagrams of all damage you find.
Council recommends you use the online pre-existing damage report or the City of Casey Pre-existing Damage Report Template (204kb). These templates contain a full list of Council assets and minimise the risk of forgetting to declare a damaged asset.
What building works need a permit?
The following is a list of common building works that will need a permit:
- construction of a dwelling/unit/garage/pool house/building
- demolition/removal of a structure
- extension to a dwelling
- additions/alterations to a dwelling
- construction/installation of a swimming pool or spa
- fencing with continuous concrete strip footing/brick or masonry fencing
- commercial/industrial development
- structural/civil works.
The following is a list of common building works that will not need a permit:
- construction of decking/verandah
- construction of a pergola/carport/alfresco
- restumping/underpinning of a dwelling/unit
- installation of pool/spa safety barrier
- office fit-out/tenancy fit-out
Please note: Other building works may need a permit. If the building work you are planning is not listed above, contact Council for more information.
Where can I find more information?