Erosion & sediment control plans

Many commercial, industrial and residential activities require earthworks and/or vegetation removal that require erosion and sediment control plans.

The disturbance of vegetation and/or earthworks often requires you to hold a permit for operational works from Council, including the submission and implementation of an erosion and sediment control plan.

The erosion and sediment control plans are enforced by Council's Environmental Protection. Council also enforces various Local Laws and issues permits in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 website.

It is a requirement in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that an Operational Works Approval is required should earthworks involve 50m3 of earth or the interference with protected vegetation.

It is a requirement that an erosion and sediment control plan also be submitted.

Information for erosion and sediment control plans

Management plans are given various titles including Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (ESCP), and Soil and Water Control Plans (SWCP). Where appropriate, the submission of a management plan needs to be discussed with the appropriate building control body. These plans need to communicate to all involved – sub-contractors, private certifiers, home owners and regulators – how stormwater pollution is to be controlled on the site.

Where appropriate, erosion and sediment control plans should include, but not be limited to:

  • Property boundaries
  • General soil description
  • Existing and final contours - including the location of cut and fill banks
  • Existing and final overland flow drainage paths
  • Limits of clearing where applicable, for instance on large properties
  • Location of vegetated buffer strips
  • Stabilised entry/exit point (rumble pad)
  • Location of soil and sand stockpiles
  • Location of all proposed temporary drainage control measures
  • Location of all proposed erosion control measures (alternatively, use notes to describe locations) including installation sequence and maintenance requirements
  • Permanent site stabilisation measures
  • A statement of who is responsible for establishing and maintaining all erosion and sediment measures.
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Last updated: 03 January 2018