Works that affect public space in our municipality are regulated by the Code of Practice for Building, Construction and Works.

The Code ensures the safety and amenity of our community and protects municipal assets.

Following an extensive review, we prepared a draft amendment to the Code.

Feedback on the draft amendment was received between 22 November to 22 December 2021 and was considered in the final draft of the new Code.

The Future Melbourne Committee of Council adopted the final draft on 15 February 2022.

The Code took effect when Council published a notice in the Victorian Government Gazette on 17 March 2022.

Read the adopted Code of Practice

Consultation closed

What's changed

  • hoardings, gantries and scaffolds
  • cranes
  • excavations
  • skips and rubbish chutes
  • vehicle crossings
  • nuisance abatement.
  • mobile plant
  • hoists
  • traffic management and access
  • asset protection and reinstatement
  • tree protection
  • worksite amenity
  • public precautions.

The draft amendment underpins a new approach to construction regulation.

It puts our comprehensive requirements into our customers’ hands. In one place and in plain language.

We hope this will empower better project planning, applications, approvals and compliance.

This amendment is being coordinated with our digital permits project.

This project aims to improve customer experience, application quality, and construction management in the municipality.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Internal review of Code

    March 2020 to September 2021

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Preliminary submissions open

    September 2020

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Interviews with industry

    April 2020

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    User experience testing new online permits system

    May to June 2021

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Community consultation

    22 November to 22 December 2021

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Review of submissions

    January 2022

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Amendment adopted by Council

    15 February 2022

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Amended Code takes effect

    17 March 2022

Read more about the changes in the draft amendment to the code

Read the draft Code of Practice

Community consultation

Feedback we heard on the Code of Practice for Building, Construction and Works.

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about the project?