Rainwater Tanks – approval requirements

Planning requirements

A rainwater tank on a non-residential property will require a Planning Approval should it be located externally to any building.

For residential properties, Planning Approval is generally not required provided the tank is located to the rear or side of the dwelling and/or is not visible from the primary street.

Building permit requirements

A rainwater tank does not require a Building Permit provided that the tank is a small proprietary type of steel or fibre glass material with a height of no more than a standard fence height i.e 1.8 metres. The tank should be less than 5,000 litres capacity.

The base of the tank is to be located directly on the ground or supported by a manufacture designed tank stand not exceeding 300mm in height.

For all other situations, a Building Permit would need to be obtained prior to installation.