Apply for projections beyond the street alignment

You may need to apply for consent to erect a projection beyond street alignment if a design does not meet the required height or distance specified in Part 6 of Building Regulations 2018. This may include:

  • constructing a verandah, balcony or front fence
  • building facade works such as new openings or street signage
  • retaining walls above or below ground
  • constructing a building or garage near a street alignment or boundary
  • excavation works along a footpath, road or public space.

Please discuss with the relevant building surveyor engaged for the issue of the Building Permit before making an application.

How to apply

In person

Step 1.Get professional advice

Before you apply, you will need to be sure that you have a strong case for not complying with siting requirements. To do this, we recommend you:

  • consult an architect or building designer to provide design advice
  • talk to your neighbours about your design plans
  • discuss the design with the team at Council. 

Step 2.Prepare supporting documentation

Along with your application, you will need to attach to the online form:

  • A set of design drawings of the proposed development including the details of any building/slocated on adjacent and affected properties.
  • Name of relevant building surveyor with whom the application for building permit has been lodged
  • A written explanation supporting your proposed building design.
  • Current copy of Certificate of Title and Title Plan or proof of ownership for the allotment if recently purchased and the purchaser’s name is not on the Title e.g. Contract of Sale.

Step 3.Download the application form



The application fee is $320.20 per regulation. This amount is correct as of 1 July 2024. 

Each regulation is assessed individually and the fee will be applied to each regulation being varied.

Payment is required upon submission. You can pay this fee by calling Council on 03 5471 1700 to make payment over the phone, or in person at the Civic Centre, 27 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine. 


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 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.