This is the eleventh annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria. A detailed summary of statistical information for the 2013-14 financial year, the data is provided by the 79 local government authorities, the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal.
This annual report covers information for the state aggregated and consistently presented at four levels :
- metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria,
- three metropolitan and three rural/regional subregions
- the 82 individual planning schemes.*
The information in this annual report includes:
- the number of permit applications received and decided
- the number of permit applications reviewed at VCAT
- the estimated cost of works for permits issued
- the value of fees for applications received
- 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.
*Please note that the figures for 2013-14 do not contain data from Hepburn Shire Council.
Overview of Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in 2013-14
For the 2013-14 year:
- the number or permits received was 56,411, an increase of 9.1% on 2012-13
- the number of permits decided was 48,018, about the same as 2012-13
- the estimated cost of works for planning permits issued was $19.8 billion
- 67% of applications were decided within sixty days, compared to 66% in 2012-13
- permits issued for new dwellings provided for an estimated increase of 50,876 new dwellings
- permits issued for subdivision provided for an estimated 37,053 new lots
- 18.7% of permits issued involved a change in land use; most of these to a residential use.
Permit applications and decisions across Victoria
Permit activity varies between metropolitan and rural Victoria and between the subgroups within these areas.
|Total permit applications received||Total permit applications decided|
|Inner and middle urban||20,049||24,376||+21.6%||18,498||19,542||+5.6%|
|Regional City LGA's||6,278||6,246||-0.5%||6,006||5,880||-2.1%|
|Small and medium regional||5,594||5,261||-5.9%||5,228||4,887||-6.5%|
Permit application activity by scheme
This chart shows variation in permit activity by scheme. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.
Permit decisions by scheme
This chart shows the number of decisions made in each of the 82 planning scheme areas and the percentage decided within sixty days. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.
Dwelling related activity across Victoria
The following table shows 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||3,355||4,436||18%||880||3,130||426||35,638|
|Regional city LGAs||1,407||1,314||21%||742||545||27||3,310|
|Small and medium regional||1,426||1,036||20%||961||67||8||1,112|
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 in 2011 and prior are available to view or download in PDF format from the PPARS website.
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