When a design for a single Class 1 building (dwelling) and associated Class 10 buildings (fences, carport, garages sheds or the like) does not fit the requirements of Part 5 of the Building Regulations 2018 (ResCode), an application for Report and Consent (called a Siting Variation) may be needed.
Siting variation applications are assessed against the Minister's Guideline MG12, with the aim of making sure that the proposed variation respects the existing or preferred character of the neighbourhood, and is consistent with the heights, setbacks and design of existing fences and buildings in the immediate area.
Please discuss with the relevant building surveyor engaged for the issue of the Building Permit before making an application.
How to apply
What happens next?
Pay the application fee and apply
Payment is required upon submission. You may call Council on (03)5471 1700 to make payment over the phone. You may also pay the fee in person at the Civic Centre, 27 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine.
Submitting your application can be done by email or in-person.
To submit your application by email, email it to email@example.com or bring it into our Customer Service counter at the Civic Centre, 27 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine.
We may contact you for additional information
If we need any additional details, we'll let you know within 15 business days. Your application will be put on hold until you provide us with the requested information.
We may want to visit the site or mediate
When we are assessing your application, we may visit the site to take photographs and measurements. This is to assess the potential impact on surrounding properties and the streetscape.
We may also need to act as mediators between the applicant and any potentially affected neighbours.
Deciding the outcome of your application:
After assessing your application, we will either:
- approve the application,
- approve the application with recommendations, or
- refuse the application
We will let you know in writing.
Appealing a decision
If you disagree with Council's response to your application, you have 30 business days to lodge an appeal with the Building Appeals Board. The decision of the Building Appeals Board is final.