As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Developers and their consultants are required to prepare and submit a stormwater management strategy for review by Melbourne Water.

​A stormwater management strategy demonstrates that the proposed development site will meet the appropriate drainage requirements, including flood protection, waterway and water quality protection standards.

This application may be requested as part of pre-development planning or as a condition of consent to a planning permit.

Application process

Documents required

Applications must include:

  • stormwater management strategy report, including catchments plans and computations

  • supporting modelling – hydraulic, hydrologic and stormwater quality treatment (if applicable)

  • development and staging plan including proposed timing of works

  • details of the outfall arrangements for out-of-sequence developments

  • acceptance letters for any proposed temporary outfall arrangements from council and affected downstream landowners

Approval process

We will review the report and supporting modeling and respond with our:

  • request for further information (RFI) where required

  • in-principle acceptance

  • in-principle acceptance with conditions

  • objection


The process takes up to 28 calendar days to assess an application and respond. 

Incomplete applications may be delayed or returned requesting additional information.


There are no fees for this service.

Contact us

If you need any help to complete this application, contact us on 131 722.

Last updated:
15 November 2019