The disposal of stormwater is the responsibility of the property owner. Municipal Councils are responsible for the kerb and channel and barrel drains, while building owners are responsible to connect the drainage from their buildings to these Council assets for disposal (or managed disposal where there are no available Council assets).
Under the Local Government Act council has the power to instigate a drainage scheme or require an owner to perform drainage work.
Where building permits contain a layout or design of stormwater drainage or discharge system, an application to the Council regarding the location of a point for stormwater discharge is required.
The Council may make recommendation relating to the design of the drainage system where no discharge point is available.
Where applicable, the Planning Permit may sometimes set out construction requirements or a maximum discharge rate into the stormwater system.
Council may carry out at the owner’s expense or direct the owner to connect the point of discharge to its drainage system in a specified manner or arrange for the connection.
Where minor works are carried out to an existing building, point of discharge will only be required where the extent of the work may impact on the performance of the existing drainage system.
Under the Water Act 1989, an owner can obtain drainage rights in writing from an adjoining owner allowing for placement of a drain through an adjoining property in the absence of a drainage easement.
East Gippsland Shire Council has no official policy on rain water tanks and recommends that people be environmentally conscience. There are matters regarding siting, planning, health and building requirements that may be relevant in your case for use and placement of water tanks.
A Planning Permit is not required for a rain water tank less than 4500 ltrs where a dwelling exists on the land.
You should check your title, contract of sale, and councils Planning Department for any restrictions that may be relevant. This is advisable in particular with regard to recent subdivided estates where tanks are mandatory, recommended for ecological and environmental reasons or limited in there location. A planning permit may be required for rain water tanks with a capacity greater than 4500 ltrs or in rural areas where specified setbacks from boundaries are not met.
The following building requirements need to be considered in relation to water tanks;
If you have any further questions or are uncertain of your particular circumstances please contact either East Gippsland Shire Council or Gippsland Water.