A Planning Permit is a legal document that gives permission for the use or development of a piece of land. A Planning Permit may also be required to carry out earthworks, remove trees, subdivide, display signage, etc.

All applications for Planning Permits follow a statutory process governed by State legislation. A summary of the Planning Permit application process is listed below. For more information, refer to the Icon for application/pdf Planning Permit Application Process (525.56 KB).

1. Before you apply

You should find out what planning controls apply to your property and if your proposal requires a Planning Permit. You can discuss this by calling Council’s Statutory Planning Unit on 9840 9470.

You are also encouraged to discuss the proposal with your neighbours and see if they have any concerns.

You can generate a Property Report to find out what zones and overlays apply to your property.

2. Pre-Application

A pre-application advice request allows you to discuss your proposal and receive feedback from Council before lodging a formal application. An application form and plans need to be submitted. A fee is required for multi-unit and commercial developments.

3. Submitting an Application

The following information is normally required for all applications:

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Full copy of title searched within the last three months, including any covenants, restrictions and agreements. This can be obtained from Landata
  • Site and elevation plans, including one copy in A3 size
  • Cover letter explaining what is being proposed

Documents

4. Preliminary Assessment

You will receive an acknowledgment letter stating the application number and the Planning Officer responsible for the application.

Council may request further information to be submitted and raise preliminary concerns with the application.

5. Amending Applications for a Planning Permit

Planning Permit applications can be amended anytime during the process. Specific forms, documents and the associated fee are required.

6. Public Consultation

Most Planning Permit applications are required to be advertised to owners and occupiers of nearby land.

If Council decides that advertising is required, you will receive a letter giving options for you to undertake advertising yourself or for Council to undertake advertising for a fee.

During the advertising period, applications can be viewed at the Council Offices between 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

All submissions or objections to a planning application must be made in writing and include your name and address. They will be kept on a public file.

7. Decision

Council may determine to either issue a Planning Permit (if there are no objections), a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit (if there are objections but Council approves the proposal) or a Refusal to Grant a Planning Permit.

Planning Permits are subject to conditions, which may require the submission of amended plans or other documents.

Icon for application/pdf Resubmission Form (53.43 KB) when submitting documentation in accordance with a permit condition.

Appeals

If an application for a Planning Permit has been refused, or conditions have been placed on the permit which the applicant is dissatisfied with, the applicant may seek a review at the Planning and Environment List of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) within 60 days of the Council's decision.

Similarly, should any objector to an application be dissatisfied with Council's decision to grant a permit, applications for review can be made to VCAT within 21 days of Council's decision.

Amending Permits and Plans

A person entitled to use or develop land in accordance with a Planning Permit can request Council to amend a permit. An amendment to a permit may consist of changes to what the permit allows, any permit conditions or approved documentation and plans. The process for considering such applications (under Section 72 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987) is very similar to the new application process and requires the submission of specific documentation and the payment of a statutory fee.

Minor matters and discrepancies shown on approved plans can be approved without following the full Amended Permit process. These amendments are known as 'secondary consent' and may be made at the discretion of the relevant Planning Officer. A secondary consent amendment request requires the submission of a request form listing the proposed changes, at least two copies of the amended plans with the changes highlighted and the associated fee.

Prior to the submission of an amendment, you should speak to the responsible Planning Officer to determine whether it should be submitted as an application to amend a permit (Section 72) or can be considered under secondary consent. 

Time Extensions for Planning Permits

Planning Permits usually provide two years to commence development and a further two years to complete development. The expiry of permits can be extended at the discretion of Council. Extension of time requests require the submission of an application form and the associated fee.