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Wind energy facilities in Victoria
The Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for new planning permit applications of all wind energy generation facilities that are 1 megawatt or greater.
The Minister is also responsible for new planning permit applications for utility installations. This includes installations that:
- send or distribute electricity, such as powerlines
- store electricity if the installed capacity is 1 megawatt or greater, such as battery and compressed air storage.
Wind energy planning applications
We provide a pre-application service to wind energy development applicants.
To request a pre-application meeting, download and complete the request form below then upload with other supporting documentation when requesting a pre-application meeting online.
Planning permit applications for renewable energy projects can be lodged online.
Policy and planning guidelines
The policy and planning guidelines for the development of wind energy facilities in Victoria help to inform planning decisions about proposals, and set out:
- a consistent and balanced approach for assessment of wind energy facilities
- operational performance standards to inform assessment and operation of wind energy facilities
- guidance about how planning permit application requirements might be met.
Model permit conditions
Model planning permit conditions for wind energy facilities have been developed to support all parties involved in permit applications. They are included in Appendix B of the Policy and planning guidelines for wind energy facilities in Victoria.
The conditions are for guidance only and should be adapted depending on the individual circumstance of each wind energy proposal.
Wind energy amendments
Amendment VC234 (gazetted 4 July 2023) improves the application requirements relating to pre-construction (predictive) noise assessment reports, including by better aligning the pre-construction requirements with the regulatory framework for operational wind turbine noise under the Environment Protection Act 2017.
Amendment VC199 (gazetted 3 February 2022) changes the Victorian Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to align existing provisions with current policy, guidelines and legislation, delete redundant content and correct clerical errors. This includes changing the mandatory noise assessment requirement for an environmental audit report at clause 52.32-4 to require a verification report.
Amendment VC212 (gazetted 13 October 2021) changes the Victorian Planning Provisions and some planning schemes to support the ongoing operation of wind energy facilities and increases the amenity protections for nearby accommodation uses.
Amendment VC206 (gazetted 3 August 2021) changes the Victorian Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by modifying the particular provisions at clause 52.32 to remove the mandatory condition requirement for post construction noise assessment reports, clause 66.03 to make the Environmental Protection Authority a recommending referral authority for an application to amend a permit for a wind energy facility and updated clauses 19.01-2S and 52.32-6 to reflect current policy.
Amendment VC195 (gazetted 11 March 2021) changes the Victorian Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by modifying the particular provision at clause 52.32 (Wind energy facilities) to alter the exemptions for an application to amend a planning permit for a wind energy facility made under section 72 and 97 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Amendment VC192 (gazetted 16 November 2020) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to make the Minister the responsible authority for all large energy generation facilities and utility installations.
Amendment VC160 (gazetted 24 January 2020) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by clarifying that the mandatory noise assessment and conditions for wind energy facilities do not apply to applications to amend a planning permit where the changes will not alter the noise assessment of the wind energy facility.
Amendment VC161 (gazetted 17 September 2019) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to introduce new requirements for renewable energy facilities. The Minister for Planning is now the responsible authority for all new renewable energy facilities and utility installations that are 1 megawatt or greater, including battery storage.
Amendment VC159 (gazetted 8 August 2019) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to introduce and revise land use terms. This included amending the definition of ‘Utility installation’ to include transmitting, distributing or storing power, including battery storage.
Amendment VC157 (gazetted 15 March 2019) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes so that a planning permit is required for a power line or substation required to connect an energy generation facility (including a wind farm) to the electricity network. This does not apply to generators that had planning approval prior to the gazettal of the amendment.
Amendment VC141 (gazetted 21 November 2017) changes the Victorian Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by updating Clause 19.01 and amending Clause 52.32 to reflect changes proclaimed through the Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and Other Matters) Act 2017 in relation to an amendment to a planning permit for a windfarm. Clause 52.32-8 and 52.32-9 were added to specify that some amendments to called in planning permits for wind energy facilities are exempt from being referred to panel.
Wind energy facilities on VicPlan
Wind energy facilities in Victoria can be viewed on VicPlan:
- Go to VicPlan
- Select the ‘Map’ tab from the main toolbar and select 'Layer Catalogue'.
- Expand 'Wind & Solar Farms' and select maps by ticking the check-box alongside each layer, then select 'OK'.
- The selected layers appear on the map and are listed in the layer control panel to the left of the map.
- Turn the layers on or off by selecting the relevant check-box.
Information about native vegetation requirements can be found at Native vegetation.
Other wind energy resources
Publications and resources
The Victorian Wind Atlas (Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria)
Guide to calculating greenhouse benefits of wind energy facility proposals (Sustainability Victoria)
Wind farm industry policy statement (Commonwealth Department of Environment)
Guide to benefit sharing options for renewable energy projects (Clean Energy Council)
Community engagement guidelines for building powerlines for energy developments (Clean Energy Council)
Best practice guidelines for implementation of wind energy projects in Australia (Clean Energy Council)
Guidelines for renewable energy installations (Country Fire Authority)
Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation (Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change)
Protecting Victoria's environment – Biodiversity 2037 (Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change)
Noise from industry in regional Victoria (Victorian Environment Protection Authority)
Environmental guidelines for major construction sites (Victorian Environment Protection Authority)
Page last updated: 13/09/23