Planning zones in Victoria were reformed in 2013.

The zone reforms:

  • simplified requirements
  • allowed a broader range of activities to be considered
  • improved the range of zones to better manage growth.

The government recently undertook a review of the reformed residential zones.

Further details are available on the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee page.

Amendment V8

Three new residential zones were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions by Amendment V8, gazetted on 1 July 2013.

Amendment VC100

Three amended residential zones, two new commercial zones and three amended industrial zones were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes by Amendment VC100, gazetted on 15 July 2013.

Amendment VC103

Reformed rural zones were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes by Amendment VC103, gazetted on 5 September 2013.

Amendment VC116

Amendment VC116, gazetted on 1 July 2014, applied the General Residential Zone to land previously zoned Residential 1, 2 and 3 where a new residential zone was not applied. The amendment also removed the Residential 1, 2 and 3 zones from the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes.

Further details about the zones:


What has changed?

Changes to the suites of Victoria's residential, commercial, industrial and rural zones are listed below.

Delete nine existing zonesCreate five new zonesAmend 12 existing zones
Residential 1 Zone
Residential 2 Zone
Residential 3 Zone
Business 1 Zone
Business 2 Zone
Business 3 Zone
Business 4 Zone
Business 5 Zone
Priority Development Zone*
Residential Growth Zone
General Residential Zone
Neighbourhood Residential Zone
Commercial 1 Zone
Commercial 2 Zone
Low Density Residential Zone
Mixed Use Zone
Township Zone
Rural Living Zone
Green Wedge Zone
Green Wedge A Zone
Rural Conservation Zone
Farming Zone
Rural Activity Zone
Industrial 1 Zone
Industrial 2 Zone
Industrial 3 Zone

*The Priority Development Zone is proposed to be removed from the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes through a later planning scheme amendment, in consultation with local government.

Fact sheets

Reformed residential zones fact sheet, July 2014 (PDF, 216.85 KB) or (DOC, 79 KB)
Reformed commercial zones fact sheet, July 2013 (PDF, 276.26 KB) or (DOC, 69 KB)
Improved industrial zones fact sheet, July 2013 (PDF, 257.76 KB) or (DOC, 66 KB)
Reformed rural zones fact sheet, 15 August 2013 (PDF, 255.43 KB) or (DOC, 69 KB)

More information

For enquiries about the reformed zones please contact the Victorian Government Contact Centre on 1300 366 356 (local call cost) or on planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au.