I am currently in the process of sub-dividing my block in Melbourne and plan to build at the property rear whilst continuing to live the the front dwelling. I did however just call the council to discuss drainage and they said the site has no visible drainage. He was unsure how the current property drained but said because it already exists the council did not require any changes. He did however say that if you plan to build a new dwelling you MUST have drainage and the only place available is the street front.
He then went on to say that given we are on a sloped block (I would say maybe a 25 degree slope front to back) then we would mostly require a pump and we are looking at big bucks (anywhere from 10-30k!!!!).
So i just wanted to know if anyone else has had to deal with this? If so is there any advice you could offer me? Is there perhaps a council loop hole to avoid these crazy costs? If not then what sort of costs have people had to pay to do this?
Any advice at all would be a big help because as it stands this could really hurt my plans.
Thanks In Advance