Victoria’s planning requirements for stormwater management
Stormwater is defined as the net increase in runoff from urban development.
Unmanaged stormwater runoff can cause flooding and impact property and public safety. Drainage pathways that lead directly to receiving waterways can also cause environmental damage due to:
- increases in pollutant and sediment loads
- runoff volumes
- flow velocities.
Best practice stormwater management
The development types that are subject to Victoria’s best practice stormwater management requirements under the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPPs) include:
- residential subdivisions
- residential multi-dwellings (e.g. townhouses)
- commercial subdivisions and developments
- industrial subdivisions and developments
- public use developments
Find further information on the changes made in October 2018 which broadened the range of development types required to manage stormwater. Read the Amendment VC154 - Stormwater Management Advisory Note 75 (PDF, 322.8 KB).
Read information on the recommendations made by the Improving Stormwater Management Advisory Committee and the planning reforms.
DELWP checklists and guidance to support stormwater planning requirements
We have developed the following guidance to support applicants and assessors meet their stormwater planning requirements.
Compliance references for applicants and assessors:
- Stormwater checklist for subdivisions
(PDF, 184.9 KB)
- Stormwater checklist for subdivisions (DOCX, 270.4 KB)
- Stormwater checklist for buildings and works
(PDF, 110.4 KB)
- Stormwater checklist for buildings and works (DOCX, 272.6 KB)
Example development scenarios:
- Multi-dwelling residential building and works (such as townhouses) (PDF, 1.0 MB)
- Multi-dwelling residential building and works (such as townhouses) (DOCX, 3.5 MB)
- Non-residential building and works (such as commercial/retail) (PDF, 1.8 MB)
- Non-residential building and works (such as commercial/retail) (DOCX, 5.9 MB)
- Non-residential subdivision
(PDF, 1.8 MB)
- Non-residential subdivision (DOCX, 8.3 MB)
- Medium to high-density residential building and works (such as apartments) (PDF, 1.5 MB)
- Medium to high-density residential building and works (such as apartments) (DOCX, 6.5 MB)
Online Navigator Tool Resource Portal for stormwater planning requirements
DELWP and Clearwater have partnered to develop an Online Navigator Tool Resource Portal. This supports planning applicants and decision-makers to comply with Victoria’s stormwater management planning requirements for land development under the VPPs.
Meeting Victoria's stormwater planning requirements
This Tool provides step-by-step guidance and advice and provides users with the knowledge and resources they need to ensure their subdivision or buildings and works development meets Victoria’s stormwater planning requirements.
The Tool is a non-statutory guide. There are checklists and context specific guidance and resources to help you. This guide will help planning system users to identify stormwater management requirements set out in the VPPs.
Visit the Online Navigator Tool Resource Portal.
Other useful resources
Trees for Cooler and Greener Streetscapes
To help prioritise trees in our urban landscape, the Victorian Government has developed Trees for Cooler and Greener Streetscapes - Guidelines for Streetscape Planning and Design.
Green-blue infrastructure guidelines
DELWP has partnered with the City of Ballarat to develop Planning a Green-Blue City (PDF, 27.6 MB). A how-to guide for planning urban greening and enhanced stormwater management.
The guide will allow local governments to develop the necessary components of a green-blue infrastructure action plan that will inform and drive local government-led initiatives.
Rainwater tank operation and maintenance
Rainwater tanks are a great way of collecting water for use on your garden, in your laundry or for toilet flushing. But it’s important to keep the system in good condition for both safety and operational efficiency.
Read the information on how to operate and maintain a rainwater tank.
Environmentally sustainable development of buildings and subdivisions
Learn how the planning system is changing to improve the sustainability of buildings and subdivisions across Victoria.
Skeleton Creek retarding basin. Credit: Melbourne Water
Page last updated: 15/03/21