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Managing Stormwater

Kingston Council has a Local Law (124. Management of Stormwater) to protect stormwater from pollution through building, landscaping or related activities. If you manage a building, landscaping or construction site, you're responsible for complying with Council's Community Local Law. Failure to comply can result in on the spot penalties of up to $1000. 

If you see pollution entering stormwater drains on a building or landscaping site, call City of Kingston Local Laws on 1300 653 356. 

For more information on options of paying a cash contribution in-lieu of providing site stormwater quality treatments, please refer to 

Sediment Control

Sediment leaving a site not only pollutes waterways, but can be a danger to pedestrians and cyclists.

Installing sediment fences along the low side of a site before commencing any building work can reduce stormwater pollution.  The fence traps the sediment while allowing water to leave the site.  It can consist of timber or steel posts and rails, with a manufactured geotextile filter fabric between the rails and posts.

It is important to check sediment fences and any other control methods regularly, especially after storm events, as they may stop trapping sediments if they can become dislodged or sag.

Other methods of sediment control can include:

  • diverting water around the work site and stabilising channels and ensuring that the diversion path does not flood or cause a nuisance to adjoining property
  • stockpiling topsoil within the sediment controlled zone
  • retaining a vegetated border on the site that can filter low levels of sediments in runoff
  • ensuring that all trenches have been compacted and filled in immediately after services have been laid
  • ensuring there are adequate site waste receptacles such as mini skips, bins, dust control measures and wind proof receptors
  • sweeping the road, laneway and footpath whenever materials have left the site and on a daily basis and placing all soil and other building materials in waste receptors - never sweep or hose sediments down stormwater drains
  • installing temporary side-entry sediment/litter trap (similar to silt pits)
  • installing the drainage system before construction activities commence.

Keeping Our Stormwater Clean - Builders, Landscapers and Pavers Guide

These booklets aim to provide simple ways for builders, landscapers, pavers and home gardeners to avoid polluting the stormwater system, and to comply with the law.

Storing Material on Nature Strips

A Road Occupation & Works Permit is required if you wish to store materials on the naturestrip or occupy the naturestrip / footpath for any construction activities.  Penalties apply to the storage of material on a nature strip without a permit.

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Temporary Discharge Permit

Council does not permit the discharge of any surface water or groundwater to Council's stormwater system during construction.  Should surface water need to be pumped from the site (i.e. from basement excavations) during construction, the builder needs to apply for a Temporary Discharge Permit from Council's Infrastructure department.  A permit may not be granted for all cases.

Alternative options include discharging to the sewer with consent from the relevant water authority, or removing water from the site via a disposal truck.
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Stormwater Connection

All trenches or excavations within the road surface require a Road Opening Permit.  This includes water connection, stormwater pit connection, stormwater repair.  The permit can be obtained from any of Council's Customer Service Centres.

This permit allows a builder to physically connect to a Council drain, pit or kerb and channel and requires an inspection by a Council Asset Officer to ensure the asset is not damaged during the connection and that the connection is in accordance with Council's standards.
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