This is the twelfth annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria. A detailed summary of statistical information for the 2014-15 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 three levels:

  • state
  • metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria,
  • three metropolitan and three rural/regional subregion

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: During the 2014-15 financial year PPARS underwent a major system-wide upgrade. The upgrade introduced the collection of new data along with modifying the collection of some existing data fields. Due to these changes, it is not possible to produce annual reporting for the 82 individual planning schemes this year. The figures in this annual report do not contain data from Hepburn Shire Council.


Planning Permit Activity Report

This Planning Permit Activity Report presents three levels of data, a list of the planning schemes that comprise each level of reporting can be viewed here (PDF, 266.2 KB).

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.


Overview of Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in 2014-15

For the 2014-15 year:

  • the number or permits received was 57,297, an increase of 1.6% on 2013-14
  • the number of applications decided was 52,004, an increase of 8.3% on 2013-14
  • the estimated cost of works for planning permits issued was $24 billion, an increase of 21% on 2013-14
  • 64% of applications were decided within sixty days, compared to 67% in 2013-14
  • permits issued for new dwellings provided for an estimated increase of 72,700 new dwellings
  • permits issued for subdivision provided for an estimated 10,182 new lots
  • 17.3% 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
2013-142014-15Change2013-142014-15Change
Victoria 56,411  57,297 +1.6% 48,018  52,004 +8.3%
Metropolitan region 40,533  40,708 +0.4% 33,218  36,717 +10.5%
Inner and middle urban 24,376  24,272 -0.4% 19,542  22,505 +15.2%
Outer urban 10,629  10,833 +1.9% 9,065  9,453 +4.3%
Growth areas 5,528  5,603 +1.4% 4,611  4,759 +3.2%
Rural region 15,878 16,589 +4.5% 14,800  15,287 +3.3%
Peri-urban 4,371  4,543 +3.9% 4,033  4,067 +0.8%
Regional City LGA's 6,246  6,445 +3.2% 5,880  6,030 +2.5%
Small and medium regional 5,261  5,601 +6.5% 4,887  5,190 +6.2%

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF, 266.2 KB).

Permit application activity by scheme

This chart shows variation in permit activity by scheme. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.

Applications received during 2014-15 by planning scheme

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.

Applications received during 2014-15 by planning scheme

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

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

2013-142014-15
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 11,577 8,175 16.4% 4,070 3,784 321 72,700
Metropolitan region 8,264 5,794 16.6% 2,022 3,466 306 66,789
Inner and middle urban 4,436 3,042 14.4% 596 2,238 208 55,581
Outer urban 2,589 1,966 21.7% 1,055 848 63 6,243
Growth areas 1,239 786 17.1% 371 380 35 4,965
Rural Region 3,313 2,381 16% 2,048 318 15 5,911
Peri-urban 963 756 19.3% 700 53 3 1,537
Regional city LGAs 1,314 817 13.8% 587 219 11 3,246
Small and medium regional 1,036 808 15.9% 761 46 1 1,128

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.


Contact us

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