How to a move from a 2-year licence to a 10-year licence
In order to be able to move from a two (2) year licence to a ten (10) year licence a Boatshed must comply with standards set down by DELWP and Council and all other licence conditions.
Following the initial inspection Council will provide a report to the licensee. The report will describe findings of the inspections:
- The boatshed is fully compliant with the requirements and no works are required to be undertaken, Council will issue a 10 year licence as soon as possible;
- The boatshed is not fully compliant, therefore works are required to be undertaken. Council will issue a report to the Licensee specifying the works required to achieve compliance. Once works have been completed, a follow-up inspection can be requested. If considered compliant, Council will issue a 10-year licence.
This is further outlined in Annexure 1 in the Boatshed Management Policy 2016.
Is there a Licence transfer fee?
Currently, there is no transfer fee. Council is working on a transfer fee which will become effective July 2021. Please refer to item 6.2 of the Boatshed Management Policy 2016, which allows for the future introduction of a licence transfer fee charge.
Important information for prospective purchasers
A boatshed licence provides the licensee with the right to occupy the site subject to conditions such as maintaining the structure in good condition, payment of the annual licence fee, municipal rates and charges, and maintaining current public liability insurance cover.
When a licence is transferred, boatshed purchasers sign a form acknowledging they have read, understood, and will abide by the Boatshed Management Policy. The most important items being:
- No overnight or long-term habitation permitted;
- Structural boatshed alterations require the written consent of Council, an approved Planning Permit, and where required, a Building Permit and must comply with all statutory regulations; and
- A licence can be revoked and the boatshed demolished and removed at the licensee’s cost if a licensee fails to comply with the Licence Conditions, the Policy, Planning Scheme or a notice to undertake repairs or maintenance on the structure.
Related documents for prospective purchasers
- Boatshed Management Policy 2016
- General Information document
- DELWP Standards for Bathing Box and Boatshed Construction Guidelines 2015
How do I sell my boatshed?
The specific sale of a boatshed is between the licensee, as the vendor, and the purchaser. The sale can be arranged as a private sale between owner and prospective purchaser or a Real Estate Agent can be engaged. Council’s involvement will commence once the sale is confirmed. The licensee should advise Council of the upcoming sale so we may ready licence transfer documentation. Please note effective July 2021 all licence transfers will need Council approval and inspections before a sale can be entered into.
How do I buy a boatshed?
Once a decision is made on the boatshed being purchased, the purchaser should liaise with the vendor regarding sale specifics. Upon completion of sale process Council should be notified to set up a licence transfer meeting. ALL boatshed owners are required to have mandatory public liability insurance (PLI) cover. This can be obtained by annual membership with the Wyndham Boatshed Association (see below for further details), or by self-insuring.
Note: proof of PLI must be shown before transfer of licence will be processed by Council.
Do I need to become a member of the Wyndham Boatshed Association (WBA) before purchasing a boatshed? How much is the membership?
No, it is not mandatory to become a member, however members of the WBA have automatic PLI cover included in the annual fee of $90 per year (please note this fee may change from time to time). Part of this fee will cover the mandatory PLI cover and the remainder goes towards member events e.g. fishing competitions and clean-up days.
I have sold my boatshed, what do I need to do now?
The following steps are required to transfer a licence:
- Complete and sign the Transfer of Licence Application (must be signed by all parties).
- Schedule meeting with Strategic Property Management Unit.
- Allow 10 business days for the transfer to be processed.
Note: Where the transfer is as a result of a Deceased Estate, further documentation is required. Any outstanding Council Rates will transfer to the new licensee. We therefore suggest parties consider their own adjustment prior to submitting the Transfer of Licence Form.
Please note effective July 2021 all licence transfers will need Council approval and inspections before a sale can be entered into.
What charges are related to the boatshed?
Fees are attached to the boatsheds:
- Annual rates charges apply to all boatsheds within the municipality of Wyndham. Boatshed rates are based on the size of the shed and vary between $300-400 annually.
- An annual licence fee is payable by boatshed licensees to occupy sites on the foreshore reserve. This fee is adjusted in line with CPI and invoiced around May each year. The 2019-2020 licence fee was $361.
- If choosing to insure for mandatory pubic liability insurance via membership with the Wyndham Boatshed Association, their annual charge is $90.
Do I need a building permit or planning permit for proposed building works? Do I need consent from the land owner? How do I apply for one?
- The licensee is responsible for ensuring the structure is maintained in a good condition and is not a safety hazard. The Council undertakes regular inspections of the boatsheds and may direct that certain works or maintenance be done to upgrade the structure within a specified time to bring the condition of the structure up to an acceptable standard. The licensee is also responsible for the timely removal of graffiti.
- Non-structural routine repairs and maintenance do not require planning or building approval, i.e. replacing concrete sheeting with weatherboards, or replacing old tin roofing with colorbond.
- A planning permit, and potentially a building permit, is required when structural improvements are taking place, for example, changing the boatshed roofline from skillion to gable. It should be noted that any boatshed permit applications must be referred to DEWLP for their approval so will take a few weeks longer than a standard residential application.
- Alterations are to be restricted to the licensed area (the original footprint of the structure). No extension of the structure upwards or outwards is permitted.
- Permission must first be sought and obtained in writing from Council’s Strategic Property Management (SPM) Team before applying for any permits. This can be done by letter to the Civic Centre, or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org marked to the attention of Strategic Property Management. The email should contain the wording “I wish to apply for land manager’s consent to apply for a planning permit”. You should attach plans of the proposed works so they can be considered against your boatshed’s Licensed Area Plan and the DELWP Standards for Bathing Box and Boatshed Construction Guidelines 2015. If SPM believe changes are required to assist with permit approval, these will be advised accordingly. Otherwise consent will be granted, and a copy of that email MUST be included with other documentation when applying for your permit.
- Reconstruction of damaged or destroyed boatsheds requires planning approval. This applies where part or all of the structure has been destroyed or damaged. Reconstruction must occur within the standard two years planning permit period. If a boatshed is burnt down and the site remains vacant for two years, the structure cannot then be rebuilt.
- Please refer to DELWP Standards for Bathing Box and Boatshed Construction Guidelines 2015 document for further guidelines.
For information relating to applying for a planning permit, please visit the Building Permit Application Process.
How do I update my details?
If you have a recent change of address or contact details, please visit the Change of address page to update your details.
- For details in relation to whether you can visit your boatshed during COVID. Please refer directly to the Vic Government website.
- During this current climate Council is understanding of the financial impacts to licensees and is committed to working with all licensees to assist with payment plans and arrangements if required. Please contact Council on the details below to discuss:
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via
Phone: 1300 023 411
Attention: Strategic Property Management