Building outside your home
Before making improvements or changes in your yard, it is important to know if Yarra Valley Water has any infrastructure or easements within your property.
Many things, such as sheds and pools, cannot be placed over sewer mains or other Yarra Valley Water pipes, so it is important that you know where they are located.
Before you start
- Find out where our infrastructure is within your property by purchasing a plan of your property. Find out how to purchase a property asset plan.
- Consider Yarra Valley Water's and property owner's responsibilities for the sewer connection points. View property connections brand responsibilities.
- If you are planning on undertaking any work on your property it is important that you ensure your design plans are compliant with our guidelines. If your plans don’t comply with our guidelines, you may be required to undertake remedial works or change your plans and reapply. This will incur additional costs.
[!] Our Build Over Easement (BOE) guidelines are changing on 4 March 2024.
For more information, visit our Build Over Easement guidelines update 2024 page.
Please check which BOE guidelines apply to your application:
- If your application will be submitted before 4 March 2024, it must follow the current guidelines dated 2014.
View current BOE Guidelines 2014
- If the application will be submitted on or after 4 March 2024, it must comply with the updated Customer Guide Building Near Water Corporations Assets Version 2.2 - 2024.
View updated BOE Guidelines 2024
There are additional guidelines for small sheds, rainwater tanks and retaining walls.
View additional BOE Guidelines
Types of works include:
- Building a carport, garage or shed
- Installing a rainwater tank
- Building a patio or decking
- Installing a swimming pool (above or below ground) - View information
- Excavating and/or landscaping including cut and/or fill
- Building a fence or retaining wall (including a pool fence)
- Laying a new driveway or paving
- Building houses, warehouse, apartment block, studio or outhouse, dependant persons’ unit or granny flat
- Adding an extension to an existing building
- Demolishing a property.
Apply for approval
Before you start work, you need to get your plans approved by Yarra Valley Water. To do this, you need to submit a Build Over Easement application online. You will need to include a full set of site plans, including elevation plans and structural plans if applicable, with your application.
Tree planting near sewer pipes
Trees are beautiful, shady and provide valuable shelter for local fauna, but their root systems can damage sewer pipes. Planted too close to the sewer, your beautiful tree could one day end up becoming a very costly and messy problem.
The below fact sheet contains more information, along with a list of tree species that should not be planted in close proximity to sewer pipes.