Out of hours permits

An Out of Hours Permit is required to work on building sites outside normal permitted times.

All applications must be lodged via our online process. 

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Councils permitted working hours are regulated by:

1.  General Local Law 2016 and allows work as follows:

  • Monday to Friday – 7:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday – 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Sunday, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Good Friday - no work permitted
  • All other public holidays, normal times apply unless stipulated in planning permit conditions

2.  Planning permit conditions

Where a planning permit has been issued for the proposed works, the planning permit conditions will dictate the permitted working hours. 

How much does an out of hours permit cost?

  • Permit fee – $200.00 per day
  • Inspection fee – $469.55 per day

What are the guidelines for granting out of hours permits?

We recognise there are circumstances where works on building sites may require to be conducted outside of normal permitted times.

Council’s commitment to ensuring non-discriminatory and respectful assessment is made with all residents and circumstances considered equally.

Each application will be assessed on their individual merits and circumstances, taking into account the reasonableness of either granting or refusing the application and the effect on the safety and amenity to the residents and general public.

All applications must be approved by the manager and will not automatically be granted approval.

Applications must be lodged ahead of the scheduled works – at least 10 business days prior

This will allow sufficient time for the request to be considered. 

Notifications to local residents outlining intent to work must be sent 7 days prior to the works

Applications must clearly detail the works, provide justification and outline the effect on the safety and amenity of residents and the general public.

Permits can be revoked if the works are found to be disruptive or breach the permit conditions.

What are the most common reasons for out of hours permits?

Concrete pours

Where there is an engineering requirement to ensure structural integrity is not compromised and to avoid cold joints which weakens the concrete caused by an interruption or delay in the concreting process an application can be considered. 

Tower crane installations and dismantle

An application will be considered for safety reasons, to minimise traffic disruption due to the size of the operation, road closures and restricted travel times for heavy vehicles transporting materials on VicRoads Road.

Restricted delivery times and access

An application will be considered when there is restricted travel times for heavy vehicles transporting materials on VicRoads Road or restrictions placed by other authorities or impacts emergency services such as hospitals.

Business park or shopping precinct

An application will be considered for safety reasons and to minimise disruption to daily tenants. This is generally within areas not surrounded by residential tenants. Examples include:

  1. Removal or installation of an ATM
  2. Building works on an office within a business park
  3. Change over of business signs where it’s deemed unsafe or disruptive to passing pedestrians and traffic

How do I apply for an out of hours permit?

  1. Download the Out of Hours application form (87KB, PDF). 
    Fill it out and save it to your hard drive to upload when submitting your application. You can only upload PDF, JPEG, JPG documents.   
  2. Read our permit user guide (1.08MB, PDF) to help with submitting an online application, creating a new login and resetting your password.
  3. Submit your application online

Apply online

You'll receive automatic notification and an application number, which must be used for all future correspondence. You will be notified once an assessment has been completed.

Notifying local residents and stakeholders

All residents and stakeholders within 100m must be notified. 

You will need to provide 7 days written notification to surrounding residents. You can download our Courtesy letter for road closure template (20KB, DOC) to assist with this.

Please also attach a map for the proposed delivery area of the notification for approval.

All letters must be stamped approved by Council prior to distribution. Permits will not be activated if the letter has not been approved.

There are 2 options to satisfy the requirement for the notification letter:

  • Distribute a letter 7 days prior to works; or
  • Distribute a monthly notification letter, followed by a notification letter 2 days prior to works. (Construction management sites only). Please refer to your Planning Permit or visit the Construction Management Plan page for further information.


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