Learn about the planning system in Victoria and the information and services available to assist you
A detailed guide for both infrequent and regular users of Victoria's planning system.
Find guidance for practitioners on applying and drafting planning provisions
The Minister for Planning's has a range of powers, roles and responsibilities including the issuing of Ministerial directions.
Local councils make most of the planning decisions that affect local areas. Find out about the role of councils and how to get local planning information.
Explore the wide range of planning services offered by the department
Find links to other websites with useful planning information from Australia and the world
Learn what planning schemes are and how they work
Access all planning schemes in Victoria including the Victoria Planning Provisions and scheme histories
Learn about the planning scheme ordinance that are now in HTML format
Get a planning report for a property, land parcel or crown land showing planning zones, overlays and related information
Search for and view details of exhibited and approved amendments to Victorian planning schemes.
Navigate your planning scheme with an explanation of each component and section, and learn about the Victoria Planning Provisions and incorporated documents
Access online planning services and tools that provide you with planning information for your property
Find templates and information for planning professionals who prepare and process amendments.
View a list of ministerial interventions for the current and previous years by the Minister for Planning in Victoria
Amendment VC148 has implemented changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and planning schemes.
Learn about planning permit applications and processes
Review general information about planning permits including processes and common types of permit applications
A faster way of dealing with low-impact, straightforward planning permit applications known as VicSmart planning assessment
View a list of applications and decisions on planning permits where the Minister for Planning is responsible for making the decision
Find out if there are additional permit requirements for your application
Browse a list of planning policies and current initiatives
Learn about amendment C198port that proposes to facilitate the demolition of the existing buildings on the land within a Heritage Overlay and construction of a three-storey building at 15-37 Emerald Street, South Melbourne
Learn about Amendment C196port to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme that proposes to facilitate the use and development of the land at 33, 35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
The planning of a network of vibrant community hubs known as activity centres
The planning system's role in protecting our airports, their operations and the communities around them
The Better Apartments Design Standards have been introduced to improve the liveability and sustainability of apartments in Victoria
Learn how approvals are being streamlined to support Victoria's economic recovery and investment in social and affordable housing
Learn more about planning for buffers and land use compatibility.
Learn how the planning and building systems respond to bushfire
Planning controls to guide the future development of Melbourne's central city
Planning for the protection and enhancement of Victoria's coastal areas
Learn about how your project may be eligible for accelerated assessment and determination
What development contributions are and how they’re used
Amendments to the Planning and Environment Act were introduced in 2018 to safeguard the state's distinctive areas and landscapes
Amendment VC157 requires planning approval for power lines to connect new large-scale electricity generation facilities to the electricity network. Have your say about the operation of the changes introduced
The department is proposing updates to Victoria’s land-use planning system to bring it in line with the new environment protection framework which includes a new Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018. The new Act comes into effect on 1 July 2020
Learn about how we are planning for future management of Victoria’s extractive resources
The Government Land Service changes planning provisions and corrects planning scheme anomalies for Victorian government land
Learn how the Victorian Government is improving the future management arrangements for the Great Ocean Road Region
The Great Ocean Road Region Strategy plans for the region's future land use and transport demands
Green wedges are the non-urban areas of metropolitan Melbourne that lie outside the Urban Growth Boundary
Learn how the Victorian Government is strengthening planning for Melbourne’s green wedges and agricultural land to ensure these areas are protected and supported for future generations.
Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC), a fund for essential infrastructure development in Melbourne’s growth areas of Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham.
Learn about the new guidelines on preparing a proposal to redevelop a golf course
There are changes to the way that greyhound keeping and training facilities are managed in Victoria's planning system
The initiatives and reforms to the planning system to be introduced as part of the Victorian Government's housing strategy
Infrastructure Contributions fund the provision of essential infrastructure to support new or growing communities
The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy: Regional Land Use Study aims to guide the future land uses of rehabilitated mines and surrounding areas
Local councils are responsible for decisions about local heritage in Victoria
Planning considerations for areas around major hazard facilities
Planning for industrial and commercial land to meet future needs
The importance of open space in the community and how it is planned
Find out about Plan Melbourne and the previous planning strategies for metropolitan Melbourne
The Victorian Government is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing
Learn about approved reforms that streamline planning for public and shared housing.
Victoria's planning zones have been reviewed and reformed
Regional Growth Plans provide a broad direction for land use and development across regional Victoria
The government is considering planning scheme changes to create three new regional parks and a sports precinct
The Victorian Government has streamlined the planning assessment process for residential aged care facilities
The Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan aims to turn central Geelong into a magnet for new jobs and sustainable growth
The Smart Planning program aims to make Victoria's planning system the most efficient and responsive in the country
The planning process to consider proposals for public housing estate renewal
New guidelines to outline the assessment and development process for large-scale solar energy facilities in Victoria
Current planning protections against overshadowing for your rooftop solar system
Landscape assessment studies help to ensure that Victoria's landscapes are there for future generations to enjoy.
Learn about the coordinated services and delivery of Victoria’s major transport and infrastructure projects
Safeguarding Victoria’s resources for future growth
The Victorian Government's planning policy framework for animal industries in Victoria
Learn about amendment C371 that proposes to facilitate the use and development of land for a new campus for the University of Melbourne at 241 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne
Enterprise Precincts respond to changes in the economy and evolving ways of working
Much of the high quality of life enjoyed across Melbourne and Victoria is achieved through good urban design
Explore Victoria’s waterways and find out what we’re doing to protect them from inappropriate development, safeguard public access and achieve greater biodiversity
Find information about planning panels and committees and the role of Planning Panels Victoria
Download a report of upcoming hearings at Planning Panels Victoria
Browse the list of current planning panels and committees.
Find general information about recent planning panels and advisory committees.
There are six Bushfire Attack Levels that form part of the Australian Standard for construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas (AS 3959):
For more information about bushfire protection measures and bushfire attack levels, refer to:
For more information about the building application process, contact your local council or speak to a private building surveyor. They can also assist you in meeting relevant bushfire requirements under the building system.
Where a planning permit is also required, the building permit application will be assessed after the planning application process has been completed. If bushfire protection requirements have already been considered as part of the planning application, they don't need to be considered again in the building application.
Page last updated: 07/08/20