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

All applications for Planning Permits follow a statutory process governed by state legislation.

1. Before you apply

You should first find out what planning controls apply to your property and if your proposal requires a Planning Permit. You can do this by calling Council’s Statutory Planning Unit on 9840 9333.

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

You are encouraged to discuss your proposal with your neighbours at an early stage to see if they have any concerns with your proposal.

2. Pre-Application

Lodging a pre-application advice request to Council allows you to discuss your proposal and receive feedback from Council before lodging a formal application. An application form and Full copy of title searched within the last three months, including any covenants, restrictions and agreements, can be obtained from Landata and plans need to be submitted to statutoryplanning@manningham.vic.gov.au  

3. Submitting an Application

The following information is normally required to be submitted for all applications:

  • Completed application form

  • Application fee

  • A metropolitan Planning Levy Certificate or agreements,

  • Full copy of title searched within the last three months, including any covenants, restrictions and agreements. This can be obtained from Landata,

  • A covering letter or written submission detailing what is proposed and responding to the relevant provisions of the Manningham Planning Scheme,

  • A feature survey,

  • Development plans (existing conditions, proposed site and elevations) generally at a scale of 1:100.

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4. Preliminary Assessment

After lodging an application to Council you will receive an acknowledgment letter providing you with an application number and details for the Planning Officer and Administrative Officer responsible for your application.

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

5. Amending Applications for a Planning Permit

Planning Permit applications can be amended any time during the application process. Specific forms and documents are required and there may be a fee associated.

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, Council will undertake the advertising, on your behalf, for a fee.

During the advertising period, documentation submitted for the application is made available for public inspection at the following locations:

  • Online Planning Register on the Manningham Council website.
  • In person at the Council offices located at 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, inclusive.

Written submissions (in support of the application or objecting to the application) can be made through Councils online Planning Register. If you intend to make a written submission in response to the application, you must provide:

  • your name, address and contact number during business hours; and
  • the application number and address of the affected land.

Please note that all submissions are placed on a public file and are not confidential.

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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 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 a form, 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 Council and the relevant Planning Officer. A secondary consent amendment request requires the submission of a request form listing the proposed changes, and supply amended plans electronically to planningapplications@manningham.vic.gov.au with plan changes clearly highlighted and the associated fee.

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

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Payment can be made online by credit or debit card

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Payment can be made by credit card , BPAY or Post Billpay once you receive an invoice.

If you prefer to fill in your application offline, please download  Icon for application/pdf Application to Amend a Planning Permit (481.16 KB)

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Time Extensions for Planning Permits

Planning Permits have a condition (Permit Expiry) which generally allows the permit holder two years to commence the approved development and a further two years to complete the approved development from the date that works started.

The expiry of permits may be extended at the discretion of Council. Extension of time requests must be made in writing to Council via planningapplications@manningham.vic.gov.au and will require the submission of an application form and the associated fee.

Landscape Bonds

For any enquiries relating to Landscape Bonds, including change of ownership please email planninglandscapebonds@manningham.vic.gov.au

Please note that Landscape Bonds must be paid in person at the Council Offices – 699 Doncaster Road DONCASTER, Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm.