Find general information on planning scheme amendments including who can amend the planning scheme and how to find out what current amendments are proposed.
Amendments can be:
- C amendments: changes to one planning scheme
- GC amendments: changes to more than one planning scheme
- VC amendments: changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and planning schemes
- V amendments: changes to the VPP only
An amendment can be prepared by any planning authority as specified by the Act.
A planning authority is a minister or agency that has been authorised by the Minister for Planning to prepare amendments. In most cases, the initiating planning authority is a local council, but it may be another minister or government agency. Sections 8, 8A, 8B and 9 of the Act set out who is authorised as a planning authority to prepare an amendment.
Anyone can ask a planning authority (usually the council) to prepare an amendment, but you must be able to demonstrate adequate justification for it. The planning authority will have to be certain that the amendment has planning merit and is consistent with the future strategic directions for the municipality.
The department's Planning Practice Note 46 – Strategic Assessment Guidelines for Planning Scheme Amendments (PDF, 245.1 KB) sets out the matters council should consider before amending its planning scheme.
Amendments can be a small change to one provision, major changes or a substitution.
Planning schemes, amendments to planning schemes and the VPP can be inspected free of charge at the relevant Victorian local government offices and online.
- Documents on Exhibition: amendments currently on exhibition, recently approved amendments and the department's contact details
- Planning Schemes Online: details of VPP and individual planning scheme amendment proposals.
Notice of public exhibition of amendments and approved amendments is published in the regular Victoria Government Gazette every Thursday, although special gazettes may be published on other days if necessary.
In certain circumstances the Minister for Planning has the power to intervene on matters associated with planning scheme amendments.