A Planning Permit is a legal document that allows and sets conditions for a certain use and/or development of a property. It may also allow for subdivision, tree removal, display of signage, etc.

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

1. Before you apply

You can find out if your proposal requires a Planning Permit and the relevant planning policies by:

Planning Property Enquiry

If you require written confirmation of whether or not a planning permit is required, you can lodge a Planning Property Enquiry to receive this advice from Council for a fee.

Lodge a Planning Property Enquiry.

Pre-Application Advice Request

Pre-application advice may be sought if you would like feedback on a proposal prior to the lodgement of an application. Advice may be requested as a face-to-face meeting with a Planning Officer, or in writing. A fee is payable.

Major development proposals may also need to be presented to Council’s Sustainable Design Taskforce meeting.

Lodge a Pre-application advice request.

2. Submitting an Application

You should submit the application online using the form below.

However, if your application qualifies for VicSmart, you should submit the application on the VicSmart page.

Generally the following information is required:

  • A full copy of title searched within the last three months, including any covenants, restrictions and agreements;
  • A feature survey plan with details of existing site conditions;
  • The proposed development including a site plan, floor plans and elevations;
  • A cover letter and reports detailing the proposal and responding to the Manningham Planning Scheme.

Upload, apply and pay online

Payment can be made online by credit or debit card

Upload to apply and pay later

Receive an invoice to pay by credit card, BPAY or PostBillPay after the application is lodged. This invoice may be forwarded to a third party for payment

3. Preliminary Assessment

You will receive an acknowledgement letter from Council confirming that your application has been received.

The status and details of the application are available on the Planning Applications Portal.

Council may request further information to be provided and raise preliminary concerns with the proposal. The application may also need to be referred to other authorities for comment.

To make an amendment to your application at this stage in the application process, search for your planning application on the planning applications portal and select request Section 50 amendment.

4. Public Notice (Advertising)

Notice of the application is generally required to be given to the owners and occupiers of nearby properties.

If required, Council will give notice (posting letters and erecting signs) on your behalf for a fee.

Relevant documentation associated with the application is available for public inspection on our Planning Applications Portal

Written submissions (in support or objecting to the application) should be submitted on the Planning Applications Portal. You are required to provide your full name and contact details.

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

5. Decision

To make an amendment to your application at this stage in the application process, search for your planning application on the planning applications portal and select request Section 57a amendment.

Council may issue one of the following decisions:

  • Planning Permit;
  • Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit, if Council supports the application but there were objections;
  • Refusal.

A Planning Permit includes conditions that must be met, including that the development must be in accordance with the endorsed plans.

6. Review by VCAT

Both the applicant or objector can apply to VCAT to review Council's decision.

All review requests must be submitted directly to VCAT within the specified timeframes.

7. Amending or Extending a Permit

Section 72 Amendment to the Planning Permit / Plans

An amendment to a Planning Permit may involve changing what the permit allows, amending the permit conditions or the endorsed plans.

The process is very similar to the process for a new application and should be submitted online using the form below.

Upload, apply for a S72 amendment and pay online

Payment can be made online by credit or debit card

Upload to apply for a S72 amendment and pay later

Receive an invoice to pay by credit card, BPAY or PostBillPay after the application is lodged. This invoice may be forwarded to a third party for payment

Secondary Consent Amendment

Minor changes to the endorsed plans can be approved under 'secondary consent', without following the full amendment process.

To request a secondary consent, search for your planning application on the planning applications portal and select request secondary consent amendment. Fees apply.

Extension of Time for Planning Permits

Planning Permits require the use or development of the property to commence and complete within a specified timeframe.

To request an extension to the expiry of your planning permit, search for your planning application on the planning applications portal and select request extension of time. Fees apply

8. Creation and review of a Section 173 Agreement

A condition of a Planning Permit may require an owner to enter into an agreement under Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

To request the creation of an agreement, or to submit a prepared agreement for review by Council, search for your planning permit on the planning applications portal and select "S173 Agreement". Fees apply.

9. Completing a Development

To request an inspection of your completed development as required by your permit, search for your planning permit on the planning applications portal and select request post construction inspection.

A landscape bond will only be refunded following a successful post-construction inspection.

Landscape Bonds

Any queries relating to landscape bonds should be emailed to PlanningApplications@manningham.vic.gov.au 

To request payment of a landscape bond, please complete a landscape bond payment form. Landscape Bonds may be paid electronically by emailing the completed form to PlanningApplications@manningham.vic.gov.au. An invoice, which may be paid via BPay, Post BillPay, or via our wesbite will be emailed to you within three business days.

Bonds to be paid for Planning Permits issued after 1 July 2019 are also subject to a non-refundable administration fee. Please refer to our current schedule of fees for further information.

Bonds will only be refunded to the person registered at payment. A landscape bond refund recipient transferral form is required should you wish to make any changes.

Change applicant details 

To change the applicant details, search for your planning application on the planning applications portal and select change applicant details.

Withdraw your planning application

To withdraw your application, search for your planning application on the planning applications portal and select change applicant details.

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