New planning and subdivision fees apply from 13 October 2016

The Minister for Planning made a commitment to review planning and subdivision fees. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning completed a formal review of the planning and subdivision fees through a regulatory impact statement process.

A consultant was engaged to provide advice on the costs to councils of fulfilling their planning and subdivision functions. The purpose of this was to ensure that fees are based on up-to-date costs.

Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Act 2015

The Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Act 2015 amends the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to provide for a new infrastructure contributions system. This new system is for collecting development contributions towards the provision of local infrastructure in urban growth areas across Victoria.

Planning and Environment Amendment(Recognising Objectors) Act 2015

The Planning and Environment Amendment (Recognising Objectors) Act 2015 amends the Planning and Environment Act 1987 in relation to how objections have to be considered.

The changes require VCAT and responsible authorities (usually local councils) to have regard to the number of objectors to a planning permit application when deciding whether the proposal could have a significant social impact.

Read the advisory note for more information:

You can also view a copy of the amending Act:

  • go to www.legislation.vic.gov.au
  • click on the ‘Victorian Statute Book’
  • click on ‘List Acts by Title’
  • choose the year (2015)
  • scroll to the Planning and Environment Amendment (Recognising Objectors) Act 2015.

VicSmart - a simpler permit process

The Planning and Environment Amendment (VicSmart Planning Assessment) Act 2012 amends the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to enable a streamlined assessment process for simple planning permit applications.