Report and consent is the process to seek approval for building or construction works that may affect community assets, infrastructure or amenity. This could be because your building design does not meet a requirement of the Building Regulations 2018 or involves specific types of work like hoarding, demolition and building over an easement. You must get our consent before a building permit can be issued. Learn about the key steps in the approval process.
The video below outlines the key steps in the report and consent process, what to expect and who is involved.
The report and consent process video transcript (DOCX, 19.93KB)
This is where single dwellings on a block (that do not need or already have a planning permit) do not comply with siting requirements in the building regulations such as:
This is where works require:
The Victorian Building Authority has a practice note on report and consent that provides further information.
If consent is required, a building surveyor cannot issue a building permit until it has been granted.
The Building Regulations 2018 set out the standard siting requirements for a single dwelling on a block over 500m2 (Part 5). In Bayside, four of the standard siting requirements have been varied through the Bayside Planning Scheme to tailor them to the local area. These include:
The complete set of siting requirements that apply are outlined in this siting requirements for one dwelling information sheet.
Siting requirements for one dwelling information sheet (PDF, 317.55KB)
If you are applying for report and consent for siting matters, determine whether your application meets all the decision guidelines in the Minister for Planning’s siting and design of single dwellings guideline.
If you aren’t sure, talk to your building surveyor or architect or contact us on (03) 9599 4660.
Complete the relevant application form, provide all supporting documents and pay the fee as outlined on the form.
Report and consent application for siting matters form (PDF, 338.19KB)
Report and consent application for non-siting matters (PDF, 208.23KB)
If we think that your neighbours may be impacted by your proposed building work, you will be required to seek comment and signed drawings from them.
Generally, 21 days is allowed for the neighbour to respond to you. After this time, if you receive no response, you can fill in the Statutory Declaration form that is attached to the Report and Consent application form.
Please review our guideline document prior to seeking Comment from an adjoining property owner.
Guidelines for adjoining owner comments (PDF, 700.82KB)
Please complete the adjoining owner comment form and attach a set of the drawings with the non-compliances highlighted, prior to seeking Comment from an adjoining property owner:
Adjoining owner comment form for report and consent application (PDF, 222.48KB)
Please note: Seeking comment from an adjoining property owner on an applicant’s behalf is not a service that Council offers.
Your application is assessed against the Minister’s guidelines. Neighbour and third-party feedback are also considered, and a decision is made.
If the application is approved you can apply for a building permit. If it is refused you can:
Applicants can appeal a refused report and consent application to the Building Appeals Board, however, neighbours do not have appeal rights when an application has been approved.
You can change your report and consent application any time up until a final decision is made. After that, you must apply for a variation.
To request a variation, complete the amendment to council report and consent form and submit it with the required supporting documents.
Amendment to council report and consent form (PDF, 140.79KB)
If you change the designs after neighbours have commented, the new design will need to be provided to neighbours for further feedback.