COUNCIL LICENSE – Basic (Annual license)


One time payment – does not automatically renew.

This license will ensure that Council applicants can use the full features of the In-Site water tool, including the free Council report generation feature. We will ensure that your Council’s climate data and user defaults are set.

We will run a 2 hour introduction to WSUD in planning and building approvals course for Council planners, engineers and the ESD team. This will be backed up by free access to our online training portal.

In addition, we can set up In-Site so that users can send reports to your contact officer directly from the tool.

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InSite provide a simple, clear, fast user interface that guides you through every part of Best Practice IWM (Integrated Water Management) design and compiles it all into a printable report at the end.

InSite Water Produces Reports that may be submitted Directly to Council, supporting both IWM Planning Permit Applications and Building Permit Legal Point of Discharge Applications.

InSite water will work for all Australian Metropolitan Councils (though SA has their own free version).

Features for Victorian Councils:

The recent changes to stormwater planning policy and legislation in Victoria give new powers and responsibilities to Council to ensure that re-development in the Municipality incorporates on-lot Integrated Water Management principles. Work is required by Council to address these new planning and environmental law changes that were introduced in October 2018.

Many drainage assets are overburdened by redevelopment and increases in impervious areas.  Reducing stormwater volumes through requiring on-lot stormwater measures help to protect Council Assets such as existing drains, as well as improving water quality in our urban creeks and rivers.

New integrated water management planning policies were gazetted in October 2018. Details of changes can be found at

The short-term planning reforms were announced on 19 October 2018 and came into effect when they were gazetted on Friday 26 October 2018.

New provisions, under the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP), to expand the current stormwater management requirements to:

  • commercial subdivisions and redevelopments
  • industrial subdivisions and redevelopments
  • public use buildings
  • residential multi-dwelling subdivisions and developments

NEW VPPs request volume management and stormwater volume reduction through rainwater harvesting in all new and redeveloped buildings.

In addition, new State Environmental Protection measures have been introduced under the Victorian Environmental Protection Act – SEPP (Waters)

The SEPP (Waters) formally commenced in October 2018. This is the largest change in stormwater regulation related to Councils in over a decade. This represents a large empowerment of Councils to manage stormwater in private redevelopments. Councils now have direct legal recourse through the Environmental Protection Act to manage stormwater, and to ensure that the broader community does the same.  The SEPPs outline the uses and values of the environment that the community want to protect (these are called beneficial uses) and define the quality of the environment required to protect these.  SEPPs also identify the rules for decision makers and obligations on industry in order to protect water environments. The SEPPs also empower councils to enforce stormwater maintenance of non-council stormwater assets outside the planning system.

InSite Water helps with addressing Councils’ ESD and IWM Requirements

  • Facilitates generation of Legal Point of Discharge applications including sizing On-Site Detention tanks.
  • Facilitates an efficient Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Permit (SDAPP) process between Developer and Council supporting Sustainable Design Assessments (SDAs) and Sustainability Management Plans (SMPs).
  • Works as a plugin to BESS for calculating Water and Stormwater Categories and Points.
  • Aligns with Integrated Water Management Victorian Planning Provisions (VPPs) and Environmental and Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Policies in Councils’ Municipal Strategic Statements (MSS) and Local Planning Policies (LPP).