Many other activities, such as lighting a fire in the open air or collecting firewood, require a permit under local law.
Use the navigational structure at the top of this page to explore what activities may require a permit and how to obtain a permit from the Council.
On any Council land, you need a permit for the consumption or possession of liquor. For example, having a party at the Benalla Botanical Gardens would require a permit.
If you want to hold a street party, festival, procession or any event on a road, in a park, or in any municipal space, you may require a permit. We also may be able to help with some of the particulars, such as whether you require road closures and maybe helping to promote your event.
See our Planning an event in Benalla Rural City Council page for more information.
Restrictions apply to parking in prescribed areas, such as the type of vehicle, who can use the space, and for how long. You may need a residential or commercial parking permit. Call us to find out more.
In Victoria, a permit is necessary if you want to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation, including on the roadside. Native vegetation on roadsides is critical to native fauna, often creating connectivity to habitats for threatened species.
Fallen timber provides habitat for larger animals and is a food source for smaller creatures.
When trees and fallen timber are removed from roadsides, this destroys animal habitats. Many native animal populations have decreased due to the removal of fallen timber from their habitat. Some examples include the Swift Parrot, Grey-Crowned Babbler, Squirrel Glider, Regent Honeyeater, Brush Tailed Phascogale and the Bush Stone Curlew. These are now endangered species.
No firewood collection is allowed from:
- Road reserves managed by Benalla Rural City Council on high conservation value roadsides, in Lima Stringybark areas or on roads covered by a Vegetation Protection Overlay as defined in the Benalla Planning Scheme.
- Any roadside under VicRoads management.
- Use this map to see No Firewood Collection Areas(PDF, 2MB)
Firewood collection is allowed without a permit from:
A permit is required for:
- Collection of firewood from road reserves
If you do want to collect firewood from the roadside or a road reserve, you need to first obtain an ‘Occupation of a Road for Works Permit – Firewood Collection.’
If you need to place a bulk rubbish contained, shipping container, or any large object that encroaches on the free use of a road or footpath, you are likely to need a permit.
Shipping containers on private land require a permit. It’s best to call the Council before you purchase the shipping container.
You need a permit to light any fire in the open air. During particular times of the year, we work with the CFA to ensure that open fires are safe and accounted for by local fire authorities.
The area from your property boundary to the road, including the footpath, nature strip and the road, is municipal property. If you want to plant a new tree, consult a fence or put a sign or other fixture on municipal property, you’ll need a permit.
You can only camp in designated camping areas unless you have a permit. This includes both tent and caravan camping.
See our Camping page for more information about camping in Benalla Rural City.
Distributing advertising material on any road or public area requires a permit. This includes any promotional items or print media.
Using a motorised vehicle on private land may require a permit if you are within a restricted area. These restrictions include, but are not limited to, activities that will create dust or noise in any consistent or excessive way. Contact us for information about permits for these activities, especially if you risk annoying our neighbours.
On any land in Benalla Rural City, there is a maximum number of animals that you can keep on your property. There are different requirements for residential and rural areas. Find out more about the maximum number of pets and animals on your property. If you need to exceed this number of any of the types of animals, contact the Council to obtain a permit.
Pigeons, including homing pigeons, require a specific permit if you want to keep them on your property. Contact the Council if you’re considering keeping pigeons.
Any animal, except a dog or a cat, requires a permit to graze, drove or move on any municipal land, including any road or footpath.
If you need to move livestock, you need a permit to establish a crossing on a road. Contact the Council for more information about permits for the establishment of a permanent livestock crossing.
Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, a planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation - including roadside vegetation, which requires consent from the Council.
The term 'native vegetation' refers to trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses that are indigenous to Victoria.
There are a number of specific exemptions from this permit requirement, including fire protection, emergency works and building maintenance.
If you would like more information about tree removal on public and private land, contact the Council.