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 :

  • state
  • 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
 2010-112011-12Change2010-112011-12Change
Victoria 57,280 55,131 -3.8% 51,134 52,363 2.4%
Metropolitan region 38,656 37,325 -3.4% 34,000 35,685 5.0%
Inner and middle urbans 21,367 20,705 -3.1% 18,994 19,879 4.7%
Outer urbans 11,498 10,938 -4.8% 10,114 10,643 5.2%
Growth areas 5,791 5,682 -1.9% 4,893 5,163 5.5%
Rural region 18,624 17,806 -4.4% 17,134 16,678 -2.7%
Peri-urbans 5,685 5,221 -8.1% 5,023 4,797 -4.4%
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%

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF, 266.23 KB)

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.

Applications received during 2011-12 by planning scheme

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.

Application decisions made across the state during 2011-12

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:

2010-112011-12
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
Victoria 11,265 14,190 28% 6,463 7,082 645 38,862
Metropolitan region 7,621 9,912 29% 3,182 6,150 580 33,729
Inner and middle urbans 4,064 5,151 27% 1,079 3,668 404 23,610
Outer urbans 2,244 3,323 33% 1,694 1,504 125 5,854
Growth areas 1,313 1,438 29% 409 978 51 4,265
Rural Region 3,644 4,278 26% 3,281 932 65 5,133
Peri-urbans 1,152 1,445 31% 1,225 201 19 1,028
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.

Building permits and planning permits issued across the state during 2011-2012

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.


Previous planning permit activity reports

Activity reports have been published annually since 2004. Previous reports are available to view or download from the PPARS website.

Contact us

For more information about the PPARS system, please e-mail ppars.admin@delwp.vic.gov.au.