Owners and developers are responsible for ensure all buildings are fitted with smoke alarms and have stormwater drainage
Drains and pipes that collect water on private property belong to the property owner. Owners are responsible for their drains up to the point of connection to the Council drain or kerb and channel, known as the legal point of discharge.
The legal point of discharge is a point specified by Council where stormwater from a property must be discharged. The point is usually Council’s stormwater drain where available, or street kerb and channel, or may require design and construction of outfall drainage to Council’s closest drain via easement, nature strip, footpath or road. For Stormwater drainage requirements refer to our Design Guidelines.
We provide direction on the legal point of discharge for both existing properties and the redevelopment of residential, commercial and industrial developments.
How to Apply:
- The easiest way to apply is online, select Stormwater - Legal Point of Discharge Application.
- Alternatively, you can complete the Stormwater - Legal Point of Discharge Application Form by post or in-person. Attach any relevant information with fee.
You will receive a report in the mail within 10 business days.
Phone 8470 8675
Smoke alarms are compulsory in all residential buildings including houses, units, flats, boarding houses, hostels and accommodation for the aged. All smoke alarms must be connected to the mains power with a battery back-up. For further information check out the Smoke Alarm Requirements Information Sheet.
If the building was constructed prior to 1 August 1997, battery operated smoke alarms are acceptable. It is important that your smoke alarms are checked and maintained on a regular basis. All smoke alarms must comply with Australian Standard AS3786. If you do not comply with the Building Regulations you face penalties and fines.
Smoke alarms must be installed on or near the ceiling of every storey of a building. Smoke alarms are intended to detect smoke before it reaches people sleeping in a building. The smoke alarm must be located in a position designed to wake sleeping occupants up and in time to evacuate a building.
A smoke alarm must be located between each area containing bedrooms and the remainder of the building such as hallways or within 1.5m of the entrance to each bedroom.
An alarm is required on every storey, located in the path of travel people will most likely take to evacuate the building. This will ensure an alarm is activated before smoke makes the common exit path impassable. Alarms must be centrally located and audible to all areas not immediately connected to the main story.
Phone 8470 8888
Council utilises the Keeping our Stormwater Clean - Builders Guide
from the EPA and Melbourne Water. This document outlines the responsibilities of builders and owners, noting that heavy penalties apply for breaches that occur. All people entering the work site (e.g. contractors, site foreman, builders, etc.) must make themselves aware of these requirements. You can obtain a copy by contacting us or by downloading a copy from the EPA.