Out of hours permits

 Council recognises there are circumstances where works on building sites may require to be conducted outside of normal permitted times. However such works must be supported by very strong and reasonable justification as to why they must occur considering the impact on the amenity of surrounding residents and stakeholders. 

Council is committed to ensuring non-discriminatory and respectful assessment is made with all residents, stakeholders and circumstances considered equally.

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

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 do I apply for an out of hours permit?

  1. Download the Out of Hours Permit Application Form (1MB, PDF). 
  2. Fill out the form and save it to your desktop to upload when submitting your application.
  3. Read our permit user guide (1.08MB, PDF) to help with submitting an online application, creating a new login and resetting your password.
  4. Submit your application online:

Apply online

What happens next? 

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.

Conditions that you must comply with:

  • Applications must be lodged at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled works.
  • 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.

Notifying local residents and stakeholders

  • All residents and stakeholders within 100m must be notified of the out of hours works. 
  • You will need to provide 7 days written notification to surrounding residents.
  • You can download our Courtesy letter for Out of Hours template 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 distribute the notification letter:

  1. Distribute a letter 7 days prior to works; or
  2. 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.

How much does an out of hours permit cost?

  • Permit fee – $203.00 per day
  • Inspection fee – $476.50 per day

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

Concrete pours

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

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

Requirement of another Authority (e.g. Department of Transport, Yarra Trams, Public Transport Victoria)

If you are required to complete works outside of permitted work hours due to the requirement of another authority you must provide all written correspondence from the authority specifying the scope of works, date of works and duration of works.

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