Learn how the planning system works and how to understand and apply planning rules.

Planning 101

In simple terms, planning is about the rules that govern land use and development. These rules are called ‘planning schemes’, and their purpose is to create a better Victoria for everyone.

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In this section

  • Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria

    Support for state agencies, local government and the urban development sector to deliver functional and enjoyable places for people to live,...
  • Applying for a planning permit

    Find out if you need a planning permit, where to apply, what to include in an application and how decisions are made.
  • Bushfire planning policy

    Learn about the policy, regulations and what is involved in strategic planning for bushfire
  • Planning practice notes

    Advice about the operation of the Victoria Planning Provisions, planning schemes, planning processes and topics.
  • Ministerial directions

    The Minister for Planning issues directions to planning authorities about the preparation of planning schemes and amendments.
    Ministerial direction
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  • Planning advisory notes

    Information about new initiatives and changes to planning scheme provisions, processes and subjects.
    Advisory note

Guide to renewable energy facilites

Find out about the planning process for solar and wind energy facilites in Victoria.

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