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Whether building a shed, pergola, fence, swimming pool or extending your house, location of an authorities assets (water and sewer mains, property connection branches, water meters, etc.) within your property need to be considered.

Water Authorities, Municipal Councils and other utilities have assets traversing many properties and the majority of the time these assets have an easement registered on title. However on some occasions an easement does not exist. There are still legislative obligations of land holders before development occurs.

You can obtain a copy of your title through your solicitor or conveyancer, or by contacting the Land Titles Office on 136 186 or at

If an easement is registered on title there will likely be assets located within them. Even if there isn’t an asset in the easement now, there may be one in the future.


Section 148 of the Water Act 1989 deals with “Structures over works” and states that a person must not allow a structure to be built or any filling (eg: soil) to be placed over an easement of the Water Corporation without consent. Further, it states that regardless of the existence of an easement, no structure should be built or filling placed within one (1) metre laterally of any of our assets.

Gippsland Water has determined that the process seeking consent should be conducted in writing through a Build Over Easement / Asset form. This form can be found below.

Gippsland Water requests that any application for building over or near easements / assets be accompanied by appropriate plans and drawings that show the possible impacts of the structures and/or filling.

It is the landowner’s responsibility to ensure that any proposed works adhere to the above legislative obligations prior to any work proceeding. Determining the location of any assets prior to the project design phase commencing is critical in order to establish the minimum clearances that will be required by the water authority. Landowners can apply to Gippsland Water for asset locations within their property via the following link; property information requests

The aim of the process is to ensure that the sewer and water assets are protected from damage, while assisting customers avoid the cost and inconvenience of removing structures which may impede access to an asset for maintenance.

Applicant & Property Details
Property owners details

Address of works being proposed:

Postal Address
Required documentation

This application cannot be processed unless the information listed below is included with the completed form, failure to do so will result in this application being returned.

  • This application must be accompanied by plans indicating thorough details of the structure/s to be built and the its relationship to title boundaries, ensuring that connection points are shown on the plan and by providing comprehensive details of all footings (including angle of repose) and;
  • Supplying a copy of the Title including the plan diagram and/or the plan of subdivision.

PLEASE NOTE: Gippsland Water’s acceptance of this application and fees for processing is not to be construed as consent to begin any construction. Should the application be approved, Gippsland Water will notify you in writing. Failure to obtain Gippsland Water’s approval prior to the commencement of works constitutes an offence under Section 148 Water Act 1989.

Payment method

Application Fee is $34.79

Please note:
For credit card payments, a member of the Gippsland Water Property Connections team will contact you to complete payment

Please Note: Gippsland Water aims to have this application processed within 28 business days. Please note time allowances for other applications to Gippsland Water; allow 5 business days for a Property Servicing Information Response; allow 5 business days for issuing of a standard residential connection with pre-tap connection; allow up to 10 business days for a quote response and allow up to 10 business days for a main to meter or buried service installation.

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