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Land development

Barwon Water has a referral role to play in the planning permit phase of many new developments (including subdivisions) where water, sewerage and recycled water services are required.

Our land development team works with developers, engineering consultants, builders and property owners who are developing, re-developing or subdividing property across our service region.

The team responds to all planning referrals and applications for servicing requirements through the provision of a letter of offer detailing the conditions for connection and associated fees and charges. The team also provides technical advice and auditing of projects that require the building of water, sewerage and recycled water assets.

What do I need to do?

The steps involved in meeting Barwon Water’s requirements during the development process whether that be via large land development projects or small subdivisions include:

Step 1: Gather all relevant information
Step 2: Make application
Step 3: Agree to service requirements and costings
Step 4: Make payment
  (Steps 5 - 8 apply only where new infrastructure is required)
Step 5: Engineering design 
Step 6: Construction
Step 7: Commissioning (as constructed package)
Step 8: Take over and warranty
Step 9: Connecting properties

 


 

 Step 1: Gather all relevant information

Land Development Manual (LDM)

The land development manual (LDM) provides a detailed guide for developers, engineering consultants, landowners, surveyors and councils when developing or redeveloping land.

The LDM does not address pricing regulated by the Essential Services Commission. 

Land Development Manual (PDF 3.1 MB)
Build over Consent Guidelines (PDF 1.4 MB)

New assets must be designed by a Barwon Water accredited consultant and constructed by a Barwon Water accredited contractor.

Internal link Accredited consultant list
Internal link Accredited contractor list

Servicing advice

Barwon Water provides preliminary advice to customers who are looking at designing, constructing and connecting water, sewerage and/or recycled water infrastructure to a subdivision, development and/or individual property.

Contact Barwon Water on 1300 656 007 for further information.

Note: Development costs are not provided with this advice, for an accurate reflection of costs please make an application for service requirements and costing

New customer contributions framework

A new customer contribution is a charge paid by developers to Barwon Water toward the cost of servicing growth in its region.

In 2013, the Essential Services Commission made changes to the new customer contribution framework to better reflect the actual cost of new growth and factor in projected revenue.

PDF New customer contributions framework 2013-2018  (PDF 3.5 MB)
PDF New customer contributions framework 2018-2023: (PDF 6.1 MB)
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Property search tool

The property search tool allows you to access information about your property. You just need to register and receive a username and password.

The following is the type of information you can access subject to who you are:

  • Plumbers: search for and print property plans and drainage notes
  • Surveyors: search for and print property plans, check the status of subdivision works
  • Builders: search for and print property plans
  • Engineering consultants: search for and print property plans, check the status of connections
  • Property Owners: search for and print property plans and drainage notes
Internal link Launch property search tool

Standards

There are WSAA and Barwon Water standards associated with our Land Development Manual.

Standards and other information

 


 

STEP 2: Make application

An application can be made to Barwon Water by completing the application for service requirements and costings

External link SmartForm: Application for service requirements and costings

 


STEP 3: Agree to service requirements and costings

Barwon Water will respond with the service requirements and costings. The developer must agree to the terms and conditions detailed in the Service Requirements and Costings Letter of Offer which reflect the requirements detailed in the Land Development Manual and the New Customer Contribution framework.

The service requirements and costings acceptance form must be signed and mailed to Barwon Water.

Barwon Water will issue an account for payment. Before proceeding, this must be paid.

 


STEP 4: Make payment

Payment options will be advised on your account, including:

  • BPAY
  • Cheque
  • Post Billpay.

 


STEP 5: Engineering design

Detailed design plans for all water, sewer and recycled water infrastructure (where applicable) must be submitted to Barwon Water. 

These design plans will need to be certified and submitted by a Barwon Water Accredited Consultant

This is a requirement especially when a development includes the construction of assets that will be vested to Barwon Water upon completion of works.

This requirement will be communicated to you in the Terms and Condition of your Letter of Offer or as part of any service advice you may receive.

External link SmartForm: Accredited consultant's certification – detailed design
External link SmartForm: Resubmission of detailed design

 


STEP 6: Construction

No works or services shall commence before the developer has obtained all necessary planning, statutory and other permissions in respect of the works or services. Barwon Water must also have given its consent to the commencement of the works or services following feedback provided during the engineering design phase.

Once this has occurred, the developer can then commence construction through the submission of a notification of works form. The notification of works form must also be submitted prior to initiating other key tasks during the construction phase.

External link SmartForm: Notification of works
External link Commencement of sewer/water/recycled water/major infrastructure (Refer to Smartform: Notification of works)
External link Commencement of testing (Refer to Smartform: Notification of works)
External link Commencement of maintenance period (Refer to Smartform: Notification of works)
External link Takeover of assets (Refer to Smartform: Notification of works) 
PDF Water mains shutdown request (PDF 45 KB)
PDF Works on or near Barwon Water assets application form* (PDF 180 KB)
PDF Works on or near Barwon Water assets: customer guide (PDF 59 KB)
PDF Submission of pre-commissioning documentation for sewer pump stations (PDF 33 KB)
PDF Schedule of documents to submit for sewerage pumping stations (PDF 11 KB)

* From 16 May 2017, contractors need to apply for consent to undertake work on or near Barwon Water assets (water/recycled water/sewer pipelines, pumping stations, etc). Consent is required for all work:

  • involving live assets
  • when working in close proximity to major infrastructure
  • when lifting a manhole cover.

The Works on or near Barwon Water assets application form replaces the superseded Contractor Confined Space Application form. 

 


STEP 7: Commissioning (as constructed package)

As soon as the developer or the accredited consultant considers the works or services to be completed, Barwon Water must be provided with a Completion of Works Package and any other information as reasonably requested by Barwon Water.

This package of information should include,where required, all test results, information, and data contained in or attached to the Completion of Works Package as detailed below.

External link SmartForm: Completion of works package 
PDF Application for waiver for MGA connection (PDF 17 KB)
PDF As constructed templates – drinking water (PDF 72 KB)
PDF As constructed templates – recycled water (PDF 74 KB)
PDF As constructed templates – sewerage (PDF 126 KB)
PDF Cadastral requirements plan (PDF 17 KB)
PDF Cadastral requirements table (PDF 35 KB)
PDF Air pressure testing of sewers (PDF 19 KB)
PDF Compaction of trenches (PDF 18 KB)
PDF Quality testing of sewer mains (PDF 18 KB)
PDF Testing of sewer maintenance holes (PDF 16 KB) 
PDF Hydrostatic test for water / sewer mains and swabbing of water mains (PDF 18 KB)
PDF Acceptance checklist for dual pipe thrust block construction (PDF 26 KB)
PDF Statistical data to accompany notice of practical completion for construction of reticulation works - water (PDF 13 KB)
PDF Statistical data to accompany notice of practical completion for construction of reticulation works - sewer (PDF 13 KB)
PDF Statistical data to accompany notice of practical completion for construction of reticulation works - recycled (PDF 16 KB)
As Constructed Design Certification (ACDC) template (DWG 1.1MB)
PDF As Constructed Design Certification (ACDC) submission requirements (PDF 357KB)
PDF Recycled water and drinking water audit checklist (PDF 63KB)
PDF Commissioning checklist: sewer pump stations (PDF 38KB)

 


STEP 8: Take over and warranty

The warranty period (previously defects liability and maintenance period) is the two year period once the water, sewerage and recycled water assets have been constructed, compliance have been given (if applicable) and assets have been transferred to Barwon Water. It is the period during which the developer and consultant are responsible for all repairs, maintenance and replacement of the assets.

Internal link Warranty Period customer guide (PDF 35 KB)

 


STEP 9: Connecting properties

Once the infrastructure has been constructed properties can begin connecting. Please refer to the property connections section for information on property connections.

Internal link Property Connections

 


 

Other Information

Accredited consultants and contractors

Barwon Water infrastructure must be designed by accredited consultants and built by accredited contractors.

If you are undertaking works which, in the future, will become Barwon Water assets (e.g. extending a water main) you must use engineering consultants and contractors (plumbers, excavators, builders, civil engineers, etc.) accredited by us.

These lists are presented in random order, to avoid any perceived preference to particular businesses.

Internal link Accredited consultant list
Internal link Accredited contractor list

If you are a consulting engineer or contractor seeking accreditation with us, please complete and submit an application form along with relevant documentation.

PDF Application for consultant accreditation for land development works (PDF 66 KB)
PDF Application for contractor accreditation for land development works (PDF 80 KB)

Standards

WSAA and Barwon Water standards associated with our Land Development Manual.

PDF Survey manual for land development (PDF 212 KB)
PDF Supplement to the WSAA Sewerage Code of Australia (PDF 1 MB)
PDF Supplement to the WSAA Water Supply code of Australia (PDF 1.6 MB)
PDF Supplement to the WSAA Dual Water Supply Systems (PDF 590 KB)
PDF Supplement to the WSAA Sewage Pumping Station Code of Australia (PDF 459 KB)
PDF Requirements for water supply pump stations (PDF 56 KB)
PDF Installation guide for precast concrete access chambers (manholes) (PDF 267 KB)

For more information please contact Barwon Water on 1300 656 007