Property owners are responsible for the effective management of stormwater drainage and surface water on their property by maintaining stormwater pipes, gutters, downpipes, gully pits and other components, which will minimise the possibility of stormwater entering their home.
Property owners are required to accept natural overland flow from adjoining properties or public land. If there is a drainage easement on the property, it must be maintained and kept clear of debris or other materials to allow the natural overland flow of stormwater.
When constructing hardstand (hard surfaced) areas (such as driveways, concrete and paved areas), landscaping and any other impervious surfaces or drains, property owners must control the stormwater to prevent increased or concentrated flows onto an adjacent property or downstream property.
Property owners generally need to ensure that roof water is drained to a lawful point of discharge. Draining to the following locations ensures a lawful point of discharge:
- Kerb and channel.
- An inter-allotment stormwater drainage pipe system.
- Council controlled drainage easement or drainage reserve. This requires approval by Council.
Property owners need to be aware that fences and landscaping can change the topography of a property and the way it disperses water.
Note - you may be held liable for damages if changes on your property increase or concentrate overland surface water flow onto an adjoining or downstream property.