Restrictions apply to what can be built over or near an easement or council drain. This is so authorities can get access to provide or upgrade essential services if required. Find out what restrictions apply to properties with easements and when you need a permit.
An easement is a designated area of land that gives councils, or other authorities, access rights through your property to maintain, install, replace or upgrade essential services infrastructure like drains, gas pipes and data cables. If you have an easement on your property it will be clearly marked on the certificate of title.
You can use the land for minor, temporary or easily removeable uses without needing a permit, such as:
You will need a permit for anything that might possibly interfere with service provision or access by service authorities, like building over or near an easement.
If you are the property owner with an easement or a Council drain on your property, and you are planning to build over or near that easement or drain, you will require consent before doing so. To receive consent, a building over easement application is required to be filled out in order for the proposal to be assessed.
Vegetation and large trees with intrusive root systems that may damage or block drains should not be planted near or over easements.
See our building over easement guidelines for detailed information about what is permitted, the permit application process and building specifications.
Building over easement guidelines (PDF, 329.97KB)
Building over easement guidelines (DOC, 316.00KB)