This is the tenth annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria. A detailed summary of statistical information for the 2012-13 financial year, the data is provided by the 79 local government authorities, the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal.
As per the previous financial year's online report, this report 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.
For the most part, a scheme covers a local government area. There are separate schemes for the Alpine Resorts, Port of Melbourne and French & 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 2012-13
For the 2012-13 year:
- the number or permits received was 51,710, a decrease of 6.2% on 2011-12
- the number of permits decided was 48,193, a decrease of 8% on 2011-12
- planning permits were issued for an estimated $21.7 billion in cost of works
- 66% of applications were decided within sixty days, compared to 63% in 2011-12
- permits issued for new dwellings provide for an estimated increase of 48,540 new dwellings
- permits for subdivision involved an estimated 35,961 new lots
- 20.3% of permits issued involved a change in land use; the resounding majority of these to a 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 urban||20,705||20,049||-3.2%||19,879||18,498||-6.9%|
|Regional City LGA's||6,422||6,278||-2.2%||6,126||6,006||-2%|
|Small and medium regional||6,163||5,594||-9.2%||5,755||5,228||-9.2%|
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
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 urban||5,151||3,355||19%||647||2,423||285||28,252|
|Regional city LGAs||1,407||1,407||22%||759||491||31||5,872|
|Small and medium regional||1,426||1,426||18%||816||93||8||5,143|
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. In 2012, the Department moved to solely online publication of the data; the previous year's report can be viewed here.
Reports produced 2011 and prior are available to view or download in PDF format from the PPARS website.
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