shipping containers

Other Local Laws

Council regulates the use of charity bins, skips and shipping containers to ensure the City does not become unsightly.

Local laws apply to where you can use and place charity bins, skip bins and shipping containers. Check if you need a permit. 

You must display your property number clearly so emergency services can easily find properties. 

Skip Bin Permit

Name Standard fee Description
Skip Bins – 3 Days $119.50

Fourth and subsequent days $39 per day

Skip Bins - Annual $272

Bin Companies Only

Impounded Containers and other large items $209

Fee plus the cost of transport


Charity Donation Bins

No charity donation bins can be placed on Council land or properties.

All charity bins in the City of Greater Dandenong are on private property and it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the site.

Information on illegal rubbish dumping

If you have any concerns relating to charity bins contact the relevant charity:

  • Australian Red Cross: 9464 6311
  • Baptcare: 9318 0606
  • Epilepsy Foundation Victoria: 0413 689 601
  • Paravin: 9357 9683
  • Vinnies: 1800 621 349 

Property Numbers

Correctly displayed property numbers are critical for emergency services when they are trying to identify the location of properties where urgent assistance is required.

Clearly identified properties are also more likely to receive their mail as expected.

A person who owns or occupies land must display on the land the number allocated to the land, so that the number is clearly visible from the road frontage.

The number must be readable from the point where the road meets the kerb, shoulder or road related area.

Shipping containers

The City of Greater Dandenong does not allow shipping containers to be placed anywhere on council land or roads.

In some circumstances, shipping containers may be allowed on private property, depending on the zoning of the property and the use of the container. Contact Council Planning Department for more information.

Skip Bins

No permit is required to place skip bins on your private residential property.

A permit is required to place a skip bin on council or public land, including roads and council reserves.

A skip must be placed on private land if it is possible to do so. A permit will only be considered if you are unable to place the skip on private land.

Applying for a local law permit

If a local law permit is required complete an application for bulk rubbish container skip permit form.

Bulk Rubbish Container Skip Permit Form - 278KB

Fees apply and must be paid at the time of application. 

When submitting an application, the applicant must attach proof of a $20 million public liability insurance cover indemnifying Council against any possible claims arising from the activity.

The skip company or the resident can apply for the permit. Bin hire companies whose bins comply with the relevant codes of practice can apply for an annual permit to operate within the City of Greater Dandenong. This permit will allow the company authority to place bins on council or public land, provided that Council is notified where bins are placed 24 hours prior to their placement.

Permit conditions

  • Must adhere to all relevant statutory obligations and codes of practice which exist in the
  • State of Victoria (see VicRoads website for code of practice)
  • Vehicle and pedestrian safety must be assured at all times and appropriate provisions must be put in place
  • Bin hire companies must comply with parking regulations in the area of placement
  • A bin cannot be placed in a dead-ended right of way without written consent of all properties whose access is restricted by such placement
  • Bins must be placed in such a way as not to obstruct service authority assets, taxi ranks and bus stops
  • Strict adherence to all regulations governing the operating of Clearways and No Standing areas (ie within 10 metres of an intersection) is required at all times, unless specific written exemptions are given by Council (NOTE: A further permit is required in paid parking areas)
  • Bins should be identified by the supplier’s name and 24 hour contact telephone number
  • Bins can only be placed in one location for a maximum of four days.

Other conditions may also be applied, dependent upon local conditions at the time.

Shared Accommodation

If you are proposing to convert an existing residential building (Class 1a) into a rooming house, boarding house, hostel or other shared accommodation (Class 1b or 3), there are a number of statutory obligations that you must meet prior to commencing.

A building permit is required to change a building from Class 1a to 1b or 3. A planning permit may also be required if not all requirements for the building are met.

For more information of the requirements around changing a dwelling into shared accommodation view the Fact Sheet for Shared Accommodation. 

Fact Sheet for Shared Accommodation - 

Council will investigate any reports of non-compliance with regulations. If required a notice or order will be issued accordingly.