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What approvals do I need? - Dam

Description A body of water confined by a dam
Do I need approval?

Planning approval is required for a dam depending on size, capacity and its location (i.e. on a waterway). It is important to note that if a dam does not need a planning permit other permits may be required. We advise that you contact Southern Rural Water and your relevant Catchment Management Authority first to see if you require any approvals from them.
Please note: Where applicable a planning approval should be obtained prior to submitting a building permit
You can talk to a planner in person, please phone 5662 9200 to arrange a time.

A building permit is not required prior to the construction of a dam.

What do I need to submit?

Completed planning application form and checklist
Relevant fees (refer to the Planning Fee Schedule)

  • A current copy of title for the land, no more than 60 days old
  • 3 x copy of site plan - drawn to scale at not les than 1:200 (showing setbacks to the front, side and rear boundaries) at least one copy to be A3 or smaller. Check out our siting and design guide
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