This page lists all available Planning Practice Notes.

Planning practice notes provide ongoing advice about the operation of the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and planning schemes as well as a range of planning processes and topics. They may be updated from time to time.

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PPN01: Applying the Heritage Overlay

Guidance about the use of the Heritage Overlay.

Date published: October 2012

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Heritage


PPN02: Public Land Zones

Guidance about the appropriate use of the public land zones.

Date published: October 2013

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays


PPN03: Applying the Special Use Zone

Advice about the appropriate use of the Special Use Zone.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays


PPN04: Writing a Municipal Strategic Statement

Clarifies the role of a Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS), provides guidance on the preferred format of the MSS and on how an MSS should be written.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Planning schemes


PPN07: Vegetation Protection in Urban Areas

Provides guidance on how to assess the significance of vegetation in urban areas and how to protect significant vegetation through the planning scheme.

Date published: August 1999

Category/ies: Environmental management; Heritage


PPN08: Writing a Local Planning Policy

Provides guidance on the role of Local Planning Policy in planning schemes, the need for a Local Planning Policy and how one should be written.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Planning schemes


PPN10: Writing Schedules

Explains the role of schedules in planning schemes, provides guidance on how schedules should be written and provides examples of the use of schedules.

Date published: May 2000

Category/ies: Planning schemes


PPN11: Applying for a planning permit under the flood provisions

Provides guidance on applying for a planning permit where flooding is a consideration and explains how an application will be assessed.

Date published: August 2015

Category/ies: Hazards; Permit applications


PPN12: Applying the flood provisions in planning schemes

Provides guidance on applying the flood provisions in planning schemes, including preparing policy, identifying land affected by flooding, preparing a local floodplain development plan, and the application and operation of the flood provisions, including the preparation of schedules.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Hazards; Rural


PPN13: Incorporated and reference documents

Explains the role of external documents in planning schemes, the difference between incorporated and reference documents and when a document should be incorporated or be a reference document.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Planning scheme amendments; Planning schemes


PPN15: Assessing an application for One or More Dwellings in a Residential Zone

Provides guidance to responsible authorities assessing a planning application for one or more dwellings on a lot and for residential buildings.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Permit applications; Residential development


PPN16: Making a Planning Application for One or More Dwellings in a Residential Zone

Helps applicants make a planning permit application for one or more dwellings or a residential building. Provides advice on the things to look for in the planning scheme that may affect your application, the operation of the residential development provisions and information that needs to be provided with the application.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Permit applications; Residential development


PPN17: Urban Design Frameworks

A guide to the preparing and using Urban Design Frameworks. The frameworks are strategic planning tools that set out an integrated design vision for the desired future development of urban places, and provide direction for interventions that shape open space, buildings and landscape.

Date published: July 2015

Category/ies: Urban design and development


PPN18: Planning Considerations for Horticultural Structures

Provides guidance for: the consideration of horticultural structures under planning schemes; how and when policy can be used to improve design outcomes; key considerations to help assessment of development applications; applicant guidance to help develop site-responsive design; and guidance on appropriate planning permit conditions.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Rural


PPN22: Using the Carpark Provisions

Provides guidance on the use of the car parking provisions in Clause 52.06 and the Parking Overlay. It explains how the car parking requirements are calculated and what information is required to be submitted with an application with car parking.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Particular provisions; Permit applications; Urban design and development


PPN23: Applying the Incorporated Plan and Development Plan Overlays

Explains the functions of the Incorporated Plan Overlay (IPO) and Development Plan Overlay (DPO) – the preferred tools for supporting plans – and provides advice about when these tools should be used and guidance on how to use them to achieve site planning requirements.

Date published: August 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Urban design and development


PPN24: Shipping Container Storage

Provides guidance to councils, applicants and the community about the consideration of shipping container storage under planning schemes.

Date published: October 2015

Category/ies: Particular provisions; Permit applications; Transport, aviation and shipping


PPN27: Understanding the Residential Development Provisions

Provides guidance to ensure a common interpretation and consistent application of the residential development standards in Clauses 54 and 55 of all planning schemes.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Particular provisions; Permit applications; Residential development; Urban design and development


PPN28: Using the Neighbourhood Character Provisions in Planning

Provides guidance to planning authorities on how to plan for neighbourhood character and how to apply neighbourhood character provisions when preparing amendments to planning schemes.

Date published: July 2004

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Residential development; Urban design and development


PPN29: Ministerial Powers of Intervention in Planning and Heritage Matters

The Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Heritage Act 1995 and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 provide for the intervention of the Minister for Planning in planning and heritage processes. This planning practice note sets out the circumstances in which the Minister will consider exercising those powers of intervention and the principles that will apply in considering a request for intervention, so that the use of intervention powers is both transparent and accountable.

Date published: October 2004

Category/ies: Heritage; Permit applications; Planning scheme amendments; Planning schemes


PPN30: Potentially Contaminated Land

Provides guidance for planners and applicants on: how to identify if land is potentially contaminated; the appropriate level of assessment of contamination for a planning scheme amendment or planning permit application; appropriate conditions on planning permits; and circumstances where the Environmental Audit Overlay should be applied or removed.

Date published: June 2005

Category/ies: Hazards; Permit applications


PPN31: Preparing a Green Wedge Management Plan

Guides preparation of Green Wedge Management Plans and sets out general requirements that should be met. Covers the policy context and basis for the plans, their content and status. plans need to recognise land management conditions and circumstances, including the area involved, level of information and resources available, range of land uses, condition of the natural resource base and the needs of the local community.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Particular provisions; Peri-urban


PPN32: Review of Planning Schemes

Section 12B of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 requires a planning authority to regularly review the provisions of the planning scheme. This planning practice note explains what a planning scheme review is and suggests a process for conducting and reporting the review.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies:


PPN36: Implementing a Coastal Settlement Boundary

Provides guidance on implementing a coastal settlement boundary in a planning scheme for settlements outside metropolitan Melbourne.

Date published: November 2016

Category/ies: Coastal


PPN37: Rural Residential Development

Provides guidance when planning for, or assessing proposals for, rural residential use and development.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Peri-urban; Residential development; Rural


PPN38: Using the Access and Mobility Provisions of Clause 56 - Residential Subdivision

Clause 56 supports residential subdivisions with reduced car use that ensure walking, cycling and public transport are planned for together. This planning practice note provides supporting technical information and advice on the access and mobility provisions of Clause 56, how Clause 56.06 operates and how the requirements can be met.

Date published: October 2006

Category/ies: Residential development


PPN39: Using the Integrated Management Provisions of Clause 56 - Residential Subdivision

Clause 56 provides sustainable water management requirements that aim to integrate use of all water resources – including rainwater, reused water, recycled water and stormwater – and reduce the use of potable water. This planning practice note provides supporting technical information about the integrated water management provisions of Clause 56, explains how Clause 56.07 operates, the water management provisions of Clause 56.07 and how its requirements can be met.

Date published: October 2006

Category/ies: Residential development


PPN40: Using the Residential Subdivision Provisions of Clause 56 - Residential Subdivision

Provides information about how Clause 56 - Residential Subdivision operates, the objectives to be met for each class of subdivision, the subdivision site and context description, the subdivision design response, and the transitional arrangements.

Date published: October 2006

Category/ies: Residential development


PPN41: Using the Site Management Provisions of Clause 56 - Residential Subdivision

Explains the site management requirements of Clause 56 - Residential Subdivision, how Clause 56.08 operates and how its requirements can be met.

Date published: October 2006

Category/ies: Residential development


PPN42: Applying the Rural Zones

Provides guidance to planning authorities on the strategic work required to apply the Farming Zone, Rural Activity Zone, Rural Conservation Zone, Green Wedge Zone, Green Wedge A Zone and Rural Living Zone; and the purposes and features of each zone and where they may be applied, to ensure the most appropriate use of the zones to achieve the planning authority's rural strategic planning objectives.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Rural


PPN43: Understanding Neighbourhood Character

Explains for applicants, the community and responsible authorities what is meant by neighbourhood character. Provides guidance on preparing or assessing a proposed residential development so that it meets the neighbourhood character requirements of the residential development provisions in planning schemes.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Permit applications; Residential development; Urban design and development


PPN45: Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and the Planning Permit Process

Describes the key provisions of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and how it interacts with the planning permit process. It covers: the requirement for, and preparation of, Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs); the role of Registered Aboriginal Parties and the role of local government; the effect of CHMPs on planning permit applications; enforcing CHMPs; and where to get further information.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Heritage; Legislation and regulations; Permit applications


PPN46: Strategic Assessment Guidelines

Minister’s Direction No. 11 Strategic Assessment of Amendments requires a planning authority to evaluate and discuss how an amendment addresses a number of strategic considerations. This planning practice note explains what should be considered as part of the direction.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Planning scheme amendments


PPN47: Urban Growth Zone

Explains the purpose and provisions of the Urban Growth Zone (UGZ) and the role of precinct structure plans in the UGZ.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Peri-urban; Urban design and development


PPN50: Preparing a native vegetation precinct plan

Provides guidance for planning authorities preparing a native vegetation precinct plan on when to use a native vegetation precinct plan, the content of a plan and how to implement a plan. Native vegetation means plants that are indigenous to Victoria, including trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses as defined in Clause 72 of planning schemes.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Environmental management; Particular provisions; Planning scheme amendments


PPN53: Managing Coastal Hazards and the Coastal Impacts of Climate Change

Provides guidance on managing coastal hazards, the decision-making process for assessing coastal hazard risk and planning for development in coastal areas.

Date published: August 2015

Category/ies: Coastal; Hazards


PPN54: Managing Referrals and Notice Requirements

Provides guidance to responsible authorities and referral authorities on the use of permit application referral and notice provisions in planning schemes, and reviewing existing - or proposing new – permit application referral and notice provisions.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Permit applications


PPN55: Planning in open drinking water catchments

Informs a responsible authority, water corporation and land owner about how open drinking water catchments are protected through guidelines, codes of practice, legislation, subordinate legislation (planning schemes) and model permit conditions.

Date published: April 2015

Category/ies: Environmental management; Rural


PPN56: Activity Centre Zone

Explains the function of the Activity Centre Zone (ACZ), provides guidance on how to apply the AcCZ and assists councils in tailoring the schedule to the ACZ to accord with their centre’s adopted structure plan.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Urban design and development


PPN57: The Parking Overlay

Provides guidance to councils on the preparation and application of the Parking Overlay. Explains what the Parking Overlay is, what it does, when and how to use it and how to complete a schedule to the overlay.

Date published: April 2013

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Urban design and development


PPN58: Structure Planning for Activity Centres

Provides guidance to councils on the activity centre structure planning process. Covers the reasons for structure planning in activity centres, the policy context, and possible inputs and outputs of the process. While this advice is designed specifically for principal and major activity centres, the structure planning process can be tailored to all types of centres.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Urban design and development


PPN59: The Role of Mandatory Provisions in Planning Schemes

Planning schemes are predominantly performance based, specify the objective that needs to be achieved and provide a degree of freedom on how it is achieved. Nevertheless, there will be circumstances where a mandatory provision will provide certainty and ensure a preferable and efficient outcome. This planning practice note sets out criteria that can be used to decide whether mandatory provisions may be appropriate.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Planning schemes


PPN60: Height and Setback Controls for Activity Centres

Provides guidance on the preferred approach to the application of height and setback controls for activity centres.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Urban design and development


PPN61: Licensed premises: assessing cumulative impact

Explains cumulative impact in relation to licensed premises in the planning system,. Provides guidelines that assist a permit applicant when considering and responding to the potential cumulative impact of their proposal, and support a council when assessing the cumulative impact of licensed premises as part of a planning permit application. Also provides guidance on preparing and assessing an application under Clause 52.27 of the planning scheme.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Particular provisions; Permit applications


PPN62: Green Wedge Planning Provisions

Provides information and advice about Part 3AA of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Core Planning Provisions for Metropolitan Green Wedge Land, and the application of zones to green wedge land in the context of the reformed rural zones September 2013.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Particular provisions; Peri-urban; Rural


PPN63: Applying for a Planning Permit to Farm Chickens

Provides advice on the preparation and assessment of a planning permit application for a broiler farm, to upgrade an existing broiler farm, the addition of an outdoor range area to an existing broiler farm, or for a free-range chicken meat farm (defined as Intensive animal husbandry). It does not apply to poultry for egg production, poultry hatcheries or the raising of pullets and broiler breeders, or to non-broiler poultry species such as quail, duck, turkey and geese.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Permit applications; Rural


PPN64: Local planning for bushfire protection

This planning practice note provides guidance on local planning for bushfire protection, assists councils to tailor the Local Planning Policy Framework in response to bushfire matters where necessary, and provides guidance on how to prepare schedules to the Bushfire Management Overlay.

Date published: September 2015

Category/ies: Hazards; Planning schemes


PPN65: Bushfire Management Overlay and bushfire protection: planning requirements

Provides advice on preparing and assessing an application under Clause 44.06 Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) and the associated particular provision Clause 52.47 Bushfire Protection: Planning Requirements.

Date published: September 2014

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Hazards; Permit applications


PPN70: Open space strategies

An Open Space Strategy (OSS) is a strategic approach for planning the current and future uses of open space within a municipality. This planning practice note provides guidance to councils on preparing an OSS, including reasons to prepare an OSS, and the possible inputs and outputs of the process.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Open space


PPN74: Availability of planning documents

Provides guidance on making planning documents available under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (PE Act). Public access to these documents promotes a transparent and accountable planning system that encourages informed public participation. At the same time, the requirements of the PE Act must be balanced with rights that are protected by other legislation such as the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Copyright Act 1968.

Date published: July 2016

Category/ies: Permit applications; Planning scheme amendments; Planning schemes


PPN75: Planning requirements for heliports and helicopter landing sites

Explains how helicopter activity is regulated by the planning system, and provides guidance to applicants and responsible authorities on preparing and assessing an application under Clause 52.15 of the planning scheme, which applies to proposals to use or develop land for a heliport or a helicopter landing site.

Date published: December 2012

Category/ies: Permit applications; Transport, aviation and shipping


PPN77: Pre-setting panel hearing dates

Provides guidance on how to pre-set a date for a directions hearing and a panel hearing in accordance with Ministerial Direction No.15 – The Planning Scheme Amendment Process.

Date published: July 2015

Category/ies: Planning scheme amendments


PPN78: Applying the Residential Zones

Provides information and guidance about the purposes and features of Victoria’s residential zones, how to apply the residential zones and the schedules to the residential zones.

Date published: June 2015

Category/ies: Applying zones and overlays; Residential development


PPN81: Live music and entertainment noise

Provides guidance on the operation of Clause 52.43 - Live Music and Entertainment Noise.

Date published: May 2016

Category/ies: Particular provisions; Urban design and development


PPN82: Applying the Metropolitan Planning Levy

Explains how the Metropolitan Planning Levy works, provides guidance on what is a leviable planning permit, and assists applicants and councils in calculating estimated development costs and the levy amount.

Date published: May 2016

Category/ies: Legislation and regulations; Permit applications; Residential development; Subdivision