Report and Consent

This page contains the following topics:

What is report and consent?

What is the process?

Minister’s guidelines

Neighbours’ input

Applicable regulations

Application forms

Fee Schedule

Report and consent for demolition  

What is report and consent?

Report and consent refers to situations where an aspect of your building design does not meet the siting rules set out in the applicable building regulation. In these cases you have the option of checking the building proposal against one or more Minister’s guidelines, which have been developed for these situations by the office of the Minister for Planning.

If you can show that your siting design is within the conditions set out in the applicable Minister’s guideline(s), you can apply to Council (the ‘reporting authority’) for report and consent.

We then either approve or refuse the application. (In some cases the application may need to be reviewed by a different reporting authority, such as an electricity supply authority.)

Note that the relevant building surveyor cannot issue a building permit unless they are satisfied that any required consent has been obtained.

What is the process?

If your design does not meet the conditions set out in the relevant building regulation, you need to do the following:

  • Review the applicable minister's guidelines
  • Complete the report and consent application form (see below)
  • Assemble the required supporting documents (as specified in the application form)
  • Submit the application to Council

If you aren’t sure about this you may want to talk to your building surveyor or architect, or contact us for more information.

Advice to applicants

Please be advised if nearby allotments are deemed affected, then Council may invite those adjoining owners to view the plans and make comment. Generally this office allows up to 2 weeks for an adjoining owner to review the plans held with Council.

Minister’s guidelines

There are minister’s guidelines for the following categories:

  • Maximum street setback
  • Minimum street setback
  • Building height
  • Site coverage
  • Permeability
  • Car parking
  • Side and rear setbacks
  • Walls on boundaries
  • Daylight to existing habitable room windows
  • Solar access to existing north-facing windows
  • Overshadowing of secluded private open space
  • Overlooking
  • Daylight to new habitable room windows
  • Private open space
  • Front fence height

Neighbours’ input

When considering any application for report and consent, we take into account the impact the proposed siting might have on adjoining properties. We may also contact neighbours for their comments, which may in turn have a bearing on our decision to approve or refuse the siting design.

If we decide to refuse your application, you have the right to appeal the decision to the Building Appeals Board. Note that neighbours don’t have a right of appeal if they don’t agree with the decision.

Applicable regulations

The full Victorian Building Regulations are published online. Click here to view the full list.

Report and consent applies to the following building regulations:

 Report and Consent Regulations

130

Building over an easement vested in Council (additional legal fees and administrative costs may apply if a S173 agreement is required – you will be advised)

73

Setback from a street boundary not complying with reg. 73

74

Setback from a street boundary not complying with reg. 74

75

Building height not complying with reg. 75

76

Site coverage not complying with reg. 76

77

Impermeable surfaces covering more than 80% of an allotment area

78

Car parking spaces not complying with reg. 78

79

Side or rear boundary setbacks not complying with reg. 79

80

Walls or carports not complying with reg. 80

81

Building setbacks not complying with reg. 81 (daylight to existing habitable room window)

82

Building setbacks not complying with reg. 82 (solar access)

83

Building design not complying with reg. 83 (overshadowing of secluded private open space)

84

Window or raised open space not complying with reg. 84 (overlooking)

85

Building design not complying with reg. 85 (daylight to new habitable room window)

86

Private open space not complying with reg. 86

87

Siting of appurtenant Class 10 buildings

89

Front fence height not complying with reg. 89

90

Fence setback on side or rear boundary not complying with reg. 90

91

Length or height of side or rear boundary fence not complying with reg. 91

92

A fence within 9m of an intersection

94

Fence setback not complying with reg. 94 (daylight to existing habitable room window)

95

Fence setback not complying with reg. 95 (solar access)

96

Fence design not complying with reg. 96 (overshadowing of secluded private open space)

97

Mast, pole, aerial, antenna, chimney flue pipe or other service pipe

109

Projections beyond street alignment

134

Building above and below certain public facilities

153

Construction of buildings on land liable to flooding

154

Building on designated land

Application forms

Application form

When to use

Report & Consent Application Form (for siting, easements & flooding)(DOC, 890KB)

For all report and consent applications apart from those relating to precautions over street

Report and Consent Application Form (for Precautions over street(DOC, 834KB)

For report and consent applications relating to precautions over street

 Adjoining Neighbours Comments for Report and Consent(DOC, 848KB)  
   

Costs

 Building Permit and Regulation Fees

Report and consent for demolition

At Stonnington, Section 29A Requests for Report and Consent for Demolition are dealt with by the Statutory Planning Unit.