This report is a summary of statistical information on planning permit activity in Victoria for the 2011-12 financial year. The data is provided by the 79 local government authorities, the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal.
It covers information for the state aggregated and consistently presented at four levels :
- metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria,
- six sub-regions - three metropolitan and three rural/regional
- the 82 individual planning schemes.
Mostly, a scheme covers a local government area, however there are separate schemes for the Alpine Resorts, Port of Melbourne and French and Sandstone Islands.
The information covered in this annual report includes:
- the number of permit applications received, decided and reviewed at VCAT
- the estimated cost of works involved in permits decided and the value of fees
- the time to process permits and the number processed within sixty days
- the number of permits that required further information requests, public notice, referral or involved submissions
- the number of permits by category
- changes in land use
- comparison information with previous years and across schemes.
Overview of Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in 2011-12
For the 2011-12 year:
- the number or permits received was 55,131, a decrease of 3.8% on 2010-11
- the number of permits decided was 52,363, an increase of 2.4% on 2010-11
- 96% (50,095) of applications decided were approved and 4% (2,268) were refused
- applications approved involved an estimated $19.95 billion in cost of works
- 63% of applications were decided within sixty days, compared to 62% in 2010-11
- over 28% of permits issued were for new dwellings, providing for an estimated increase of 38,862 new dwellings
- permits for subdivision involved an estimated 41,345 new lots
- 20.4% of permits issued involved a change in land use. 69% of these involved change from vacant land, 60% involved change to residential use.
Permit applications and decisions across Victoria
Different levels of permit activity and processing are evident between metropolitan and rural Victoria and also between the subgroups within these areas.
|Total permit applications received||Total permit applications decided|
|Inner and middle urbans||21,367||20,705||-3.1%||18,994||19,879||4.7%|
|Regional City LGA's||6,538||6,422||-2%||6,178||6,126||-0.8%|
|Small and medium regionals||6,401||6,163||-4%||5,933||5,755||-3.0%|
Permit application activity by scheme
The number of permit applications received varies across the state as shown in this chart of permit activity by scheme. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.
Permit decisions by scheme for 2011-12
Wide variation also occurs in the permit decisions and processing across the state. This is reflected in the relative number of decisions made within each of the 82 planning scheme areas and the percentage decided within sixty days as displayed in the following chart. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.
Dwelling related activity across Victoria
The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:
|Total dwelling permits||Total dwelling permits||% total permits issued||Permit for one dwelling||Permit for 2-10 dwellings||Permit for more than 10 dwellings||Total number of new dwellings|
|Inner and middle urbans||4,064||5,151||27%||1,079||3,668||404||23,610|
|Regional city LGAs||1,204||1,407||23%||773||599||35||2,757|
|Small and medium regionals||1,288||1,426||25%||1,283||132||11||1,348|
Planning and building permits comparison
The following chart identifies the number of building permits compared to the number of planning permits for the 82 schemes. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.
Planning permit activity summary for Victoria
The permit activity occurring within each planning scheme is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.
Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria
Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.
Planning permit activity by subgroup
Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.
Planning permit activity by planning scheme
Mostly a planning scheme aligns with a local government's area, however there are separate planning schemes for Alpine Resorts, Port of Melbourne and French and Sandstone Islands. The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the 82 planning schemes in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.