VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications. Classes of application are identified in the planning scheme as being VicSmart and have specified requirements for information, assessment processes and decision guidelines.
Key features of VicSmart include:
- a 10 day permit process
- applications are not advertised
- information to be submitted with an application and what council can consider is pre-set
- the Chief Executive Officer of the council or delegate decides the application.
Extension of VicSmart
In March 2017, the government implemented an extension to VicSmart through Amendment VC135.
- building and works up to $1 million in industrial areas
- building and works up to $500,000 in commercial and some special purpose areas
- a range of low impact developments in rural areas (up to $500,000 in agricultural settings and $250,000 in more sensitive rural settings)
- small scale types of buildings and works in selected overlays
- subdivision, advertising signs and car parking.
These changes have now been incorporated into planning schemes.
The government also announced in March that a further VicSmart extension into the residential zones will occur, including:
- a single storey extension to a single dwelling where specific design criteria are met
- buildings and works up to $100,000 in residential zones, where not associated with a dwelling.
The above changes will also be incorporated into planning schemes and take effect in coming months.
Do I qualify for VicSmart?
To be classed as a VicSmart application a proposal must:
- be one of the state application types
- meet all the criteria
- and be located in the specified zone or overlay.
Council may also have additional application classes listed in their planning scheme that can apply locally.
Where a proposal falls into more than one class of VicSmart application the requirements of each class need to be met.
The VicSmart online guide
The VicSmart online guide is currently unavailable.
In the interim please use the applicant’s guide provided below. Clause 92 of planning schemes provides State based classes and your council may have additional local classes of VicSmart applications (see Clause 94 of your planning scheme).
How to apply under the Special Building Overlay
All VicSmart Checklists
Resources for councils
More information about the introduction of VicSmart and additional tools for councils are available.