Stormwater drains

Water from a roof, or hard surfaces such as driveways, roads or footpaths, flows into stormwater drains. This stormwater drains into our waterways and then, ultimately, to Port Phillip Bay.

Public stormwater drainage system in Yarra

The public stormwater drainage system in Yarra is managed in partnership by Yarra City Council and Melbourne Water.

Melbourne Water is responsible for providing and maintaining the main drains and we manage the remaining public drainage system within Yarra.

What drains am I responsible for?

Drains, pipes and hard surface run-off such as driveways must be controlled within the property boundary that is stormwater runoff must be collected within the private property and then drained to the legal point of discharge (LPD).  

You are responsible for your drains up to the point of connection (the legal point of discharge) to our underground drainage system, kerb and channel or a constructed laneway.  

New developments and development renovations

All new or renovated developments must seek a legal point of stormwater discharge as part of the building permit works under regulation 610 of the building code.

How is the legal point of discharge determined?

We will determine where stormwater from your property may lawfully discharge, for example, the nominated discharge point (legal point of discharge) may be to our underground drainage system, kerb and channel or a constructed laneway.

When is the location of the legal point of discharge required?

You need to include the location of the legal point of discharge as part of your application for a building permit.

How do I apply for a legal point of discharge?

If you would like to apply, please apply through our Report and Consent application process. 

Other drainage information

“Dial before you dig” drainage information may assist with the development of the legal point of discharge application however our assessment of the application may provide additional information and may require onsite investigations by the applicant to verify the drain attributes. 

We do not keep records of private or domestic drains, internal to the property. 

Assessment of a legal point of discharge

If you are using a private building surveyor, your building surveyor must submit detailed construction plans to our Building Services Unit for a legal point of discharge.   

Submitting your plans

To conduct an assessment of the legal point of discharge, you need to include the following:

  • completed application form (downloaded from our web site)
  • cover letter
  • title of property
  • existing condition plan
  • proposed development plan 
  • internal stormwater plan

Assessment timefrmes

All advice on a legal point of discharge will be issued in writing within 15 working days of us receiving your request.

Larger developments may require more than 15 days for us to respond.

Permit to undertake works within the road reserve

Once you have obtained written approval for a legal point of discharge, you must obtain a consent for works permit.

For more information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.