Our state-wide planning permit and application reporting dashboard allows you to view monthly, quarterly and annual reports of planning application data for Victoria.

View the planning permit activity report

Planning activity data can identify trends in planning permit applications. This helps to:

  • find out about development trends
  • identify problems in the planning system
  • understand reasons for permit workload volumes in council areas
  • compare how planning works in metropolitan and rural areas in Victoria
  • give councils helpful information for managing resources.

Our reporting changes as data is submitted by responsible authorities. If you are using data from this reporting, refer to the report generated date and data accuracy section that contains details about missing data.

Reports produced between 2003 and 2015 are available to view or download in PDF format on request.

Data dictionary

The data dictionary standardises the reporting of planning data by councils. It provides explanations for each field in the reports and clarifies different terminology used between councils.

PPARS data dictionary (PDF, 1.0 MB)

PPARS quick reference sheet (PDF, 197.6 KB)

Uploading data

Victorian councils upload their planning permit and application data securely to us for reporting purposes. Access to the system is provided to authorised users only.

PPARS is currently being upgraded and we are working with responsible authorities and planning system vendors to transition all data uploads to the new system.

The legacy system will not be available for submission of data after 30 June 2023. Reports will be unaffected.

Log into PPARS legacy (available until 30 June 2023)

Responsible authorities can upload council permit data in 2 ways:

  1. Manually upload council permit data – now available to all councils
  2. Direct integration with planning permit systems.

Log in to upload council permit data

For information about integrating with our reporting system please contact Planning Support or your planning system vendor.

Access for new users

Approved staff from Victorian responsible authorities are given access to upload data to our reporting system. Existing users can add new people to their group in ‘Manage groups’ when logged into the system.

Speak to an approved user in your organisation, or contact Planning support to request access.

Sub-regional groupings

Our reporting allows you to filter data at a sub-regional level.


Inner and Middle Urban (IMU)

These regions are highly populated and are seeing the conversion of vacant land and some shift from industrial land for residential and commercial use, as well as properties of 10 or more dwellings.

Planning schemes:

  • Banyule
  • Bayside
  • Boroondara
  • Darebin
  • Glen Eira
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Kingston
  • Manningham
  • Maribyrnong
  • Melbourne
  • Monash
  • Moonee Valley
  • Merri-bek
  • Port of Melbourne
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington
  • Whitehorse
  • Yarra

Outer Urban (OU)

These suburban regions are moderately populated, with issues relating to transport, industrial development, vegetation management and heritage protection.

Planning schemes:

  • Brimbank
  • Frankston
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Knox
  • Maroondah
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Nillumbik
  • Yarra Ranges

Growth Area (GA)

These areas are the focus of new residential development along with relevant facilities such as commercial districts, schools and other community amenities and services.

Planning schemes:

  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Hume
  • Melton
  • Whittlesea
  • Wyndham


PeriUrban (PU)

On the rural/urban fringe, these regions are seeing increases in subdivision of land, primarily for residential purposes.

Planning schemes:

  • Ballarat
  • Greater Bendigo
  • Greater Geelong
  • Greater Shepparton
  • Horsham
  • Latrobe
  • Mildura
  • Wangaratta
  • Warrnambool
  • Wodonga

Regional Cities (RC)

These regions are rural hubs, providing administrative and commercial services for the surrounding communities, and are the focus of increased residential development.

Planning schemes:

  • Bass Coast
  • BawBaw
  • Colac Otway
  • Golden Plains
  • Macedon Ranges
  • Mitchell, Moorabool
  • Murrindindi
  • South Gippsland
  • Surf Coast

Small and Medium Regionals (SMR)

Agriculture and/or tourism form the primary focus of these areas, while manufacturing and resource production and refinement are also important industries.

Planning schemes:

  • Alpine
  • Alpine Resorts
  • Ararat
  • Benalla
  • Buloke
  • Campaspe
  • Central Goldfields
  • Corangamite
  • East Gippsland
  • French and Sandstone islands
  • Gannawarra
  • Glenelg
  • Hepburn
  • Hindmarsh
  • Indigo
  • Loddon
  • Mount Alexander
  • Mansfield
  • Moira
  • Moyne
  • Northern Grampians
  • Pyrenees
  • Queenscliffe
  • Southern Grampians
  • Strathbogie
  • Swan Hill
  • Towong
  • Wellington
  • West Wimmera
  • Yarriambiack

Contact us

Planning Support
1800 789 386

Page last updated: 09/05/23