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Using Victoria's planning system

A detailed guide designed for both infrequent and regular users of Victoria's planning system. Download the whole guide or browse through the individual chapters.

Find out about the planning system in Victoria

The role of the Minister

The Minister for Planning has a range of powers and responsibilities including:

  • approving planning controls
  • issuing directions
  • intervening on planning and heritage matters

More about the role of the Minister

Local planning information

Local councils make most of the planning decisions that affect their local government area based on what their local planning scheme allows.

More about the role of councils and how to get local planning information

Planning services

A number of services are available to assist in obtaining planning information or making a permit application.

View the list of planning services available

Related sites

Find links to other websites with planning or related information from Australia and around the world.

Browse the list of related websites