A planning permit is a legal document that allows a certain use and / or development on land.
It normally contains a written document with conditions that must be met and a set of plans.
Most applications for a planning permit will be made to the local council, but some are made to the Minister for Planning.
There are two application processes: the standard permit application process described below and the VicSmart process.
A planning permit is not a building permit. Building permits relate to the method of construction of a building or development. You may need to obtain both a building permit and a planning permit.
The permit process
Before making an application
- find out about the planning scheme
- talk to the council planner
- talk to the neighbours
- consider getting professional advice
Prepare and submit the application
- application information
- application form
Council checks the application
- more information?
Application is advertised for at least 14 days
- usually by letter to neighbours and a sign on-site
- people affected may object
Council assesses the application
- considers any objections
- holds mediation meeting if needed
- considers any referral comments
- assesses planning scheme provisions
- negotiates with permit applicant
- prepares report
Council decides the application
Council may issue either:
- a permit with conditions
- a notice of decision with conditions
- a refusal
Review by VCAT if applied for
- by the permit applicant against conditions of refusal
- by an objector against notice of decision
- The relevant department office can give you more information or advice if the Minister for Planning is the responsible authority
- Detailed information about the permit process is available in Chapter 3 of Using Victoria's Planning System
- Planning practice notes have been prepared which relate to some types of permit proposals such as applications in rural zones, where flood provisions apply and for dwellings in residential zones.
- View your planning scheme at Planning Schemes Online