Development

Land & Property Development

  • TasWater is responsible for approving any relevant water and sewerage infrastructure related aspects of planning, building and plumbing applications in Tasmania.

TasWater provides a number of services to customers including assistance with planning, building, plumbing, water and sewerage related works, trade waste and information requests.

It is recommended that before you begin planning your development, you obtain a hydraulic infrastructure water and sewerage service plan for the property of interest, either from TasWater or by a Dial-Before-You-Dig request.

Details of water and sewerage requirements, development fees and related charges that are applicable to your development can be obtained by submitting a Development Services application form for Water and Sewerage Servicing Advice by emailing TasWater on development@taswater.com.au 

It is helpful to also attach a sketch or brief cover note of your proposal. The advice we provide in response will report the existing infrastructure and how this may impact your development.

A service advice also provides the opportunity for prospective developers to make an appointment with one of our Development Services staff to discuss the potential development, prior to any official applications being made to council or TasWater.

To arrange a service advice meeting please contact Development Services on 13 6992 or email development@taswater.com.au

Rezoning process

Rezoning of land to enable development is legislated under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act (LUPAA). Section 34 of LUPAA deals with the rezoning of land (amendment to a Planning Scheme) while Section 43 enables assessment of both the rezoning aspect, along with an application for development of the land after the rezoning.

As with other development applications, council will refer these applications to TasWater for assessment. TasWater will make a representation (Submission to Planning Authority Notice (SPAN)) to council in respect to its requirements for the rezoning and development. 

Rezoning application

Where water and sewerage services are required, a rezoning application triggers the necessity to review the capability of TasWater infrastructure to service the land (“serviced land”). There are essentially two scenarios, namely that:

  • rezoning of unserviced land may result in an extension to TasWater’s serviced land boundaries 
  • rezoning within serviced land may increase the demand on hydraulic infrastructure.

The implication for land developers, is that more comprehensive investigations into external impacts outside of the land under consideration for rezoning, are likely to be required. TasWater will need to review the infrastructure and funding arrangements, which may result in an increase to developer charges for infrastructure outside of the subject land.

As part of the application to council the developer will be required to submit a report and Concept Servicing Plan. Depending on the complexity, hydraulic modelling may be required. Where further information is sought the ‘clock stops’ and the timeframe recommences when satisfactory additional information is received.

Once satisfied with the information TasWater will issue a “Submission to Planning Authority Notice” (SPAN) to council and this will form an attachment to the planning permit that may be issued by council.

Combined amendment and planning permit application

As part of the application to council the developer will be required to submit a report and Concept Servicing Plan, addressing the following key elements:

  • existing and proposed hydraulic infrastructure with service connections 
  • additional demands from the water network and additional loads on the sewerage network 
  • preliminary hydraulic network analysis model such as H2OMap-Water and Infoworks-CS.

The proposal should generally be in accordance with the Water Services Association of Australia Water Supply Code and Sewerage Code, as amended by TasWater’s Supplements (these can be found here), and all other relevant published standards.

Any areas/lots should be identified that cannot be served by gravity sewer and that do not meet the TasWater water and sewerage service level requirements.

Where further information is sought the ‘clock stops’ and the time-frame recommences when satisfactory additional information is received.

TasWater may invite you to a meeting to discuss the proposal. Following discussions with council, the developer may be required to prepare a Final Report and Concept Servicing Plan. Once satisfied with the information TasWater will issue a “Submission to Planning Authority Notice” (SPAN) to council and this will form an attachment to the planning permit that may be issued by council. The SPAN will include the rezoning advice together with conditions which form part of the proposed recommendation and permit that the council will lodge with the Tasmanian Planning Commission for determination.

TasWater incurs a greater cost to consider a combined rezoning application/subdivision application compared with only a subdivision application. As such TasWater’s fee schedule provides for a separate fee for rezoning and a separate fee for the subdivision application.

Development Applications

When any development application is made to council, requesting a planning permit, the application is referred to TasWater in accordance with the Water and Sewerage Industry Act 2008. The developer is required to submit a Concept Servicing Plan showing how the development will be served by water and sewerage hydraulic services.

TasWater must then either:

  • ask for further information in respect to the application within 7 working days. Where further information is sought the ‘clock stops’ and the time-frame recommences when satisfactory additional information is received
  • respond within 14 calendar days stating that there is no objection to the granting of the permit
  • respond within 14 calendar days stating that there is no objection to the granting of the permit subject to conditions specified by TasWater
  • respond within 14 calendar days stating that TasWater objects to the granting of a permit along with the reasons.

Once satisfied with the information, TasWater will issue a “Submission to Planning Authority Notice” (SPAN) to council and this will form an attachment to the planning permit that may be issued by council.

Subdivision and boundary adjustments

As with any other development application to council, when a subdivision application is made to council, requesting a planning permit, this application is referred to TasWater in accordance with the Water and Sewer Industry Act 2008.

The developer is required to submit a report and Concept Servicing Plan addressing the following key elements (depending on the size and location of the subdivision):

  • existing and proposed hydraulic infrastructure with service connections
  • additional demands from the water network and additional loads on the sewerage network
  • preliminary hydraulic network analysis model such as H2OMap-Water and Infoworks-CS

The proposal should generally be in accordance with the Water Services Association of Australia Water Supply Code and Sewerage Code, and as amended by TasWater’s Supplements, and all other relevant published standards.

Any areas/lots should be identified that cannot be served by gravity sewer and that do not meet the TasWater water and sewerage service level requirements.

TasWater may invite you to a meeting to discuss the proposal. Following discussions with council, the developer may be required to prepare a Final Report and Concept Servicing Plan. Once satisfied with the information TasWater will issue a “Submission to Planning Authority Notice” (SPAN) to council and this will form an attachment to the planning permit that may be issued by council.

TasWater will assess the servicing requirements for water and sewer for the development and also the impact on any TasWater infrastructure that may be impacted by the development.

TasWater must either:

  • ask for further information in respect to the application within 7 working days. Where further information is sought the ‘clock stops’ and the time-frame recommences when satisfactory additional information is received
  • respond within 14 calendar days stating that there is no objection to the granting of the permit
  • respond within 14 calendar days stating that there is no objection to the granting of the permit subject to conditions specified by TasWater
  • respond within 14 calendar days stating that TasWater objects to the granting of a permit along with the reasons.

Once satisfied with the information TasWater will issue a “Submission to Planning Authority Notice” (SPAN) to council and this will form an attachment to the planning permit that may be issued by council.

The developer will generally, as a minimum, be required to:

  • provide a 20 mm water connection to each lot for serviced land
  • provide a 100 mm sewer connection to each lot for serviced land
  • extend water and sewer mains as required to achieve the required individual connections.

These minimums may be required to be exceeded depending on the individual circumstances of the development