Planning schemes regulate the use and development of land. One way they do this is by requiring permits before certain types of land use and development can start.

Each council has its own planning scheme. Requirements for permits vary for each council; even minor changes may need a planning permit. It’s up to you to find out whether a permit is required before you develop or change the use of your land.

The best way to find out if you need a planning permit is to contact the planning department of your local council.  Make sure that what you want to do is not prohibited.

Council can offer advice about local or state government policy guidelines that must be considered for particular developments.