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 :

  • state
  • 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
Victoria 55,131 51,710 -6.2% 51,363 52,363 -8%
Metropolitan region 37,325 35,433 -5.1% 35,685 32,906 -7.8%
Inner and middle urban 20,705 20,049 -3.2% 19,879 18,498 -6.9%
Outer urban 10,938 10,173 -7% 10,643 9,631 -9.5%
Growth areas 5,682 5,211 -8.3% 5,163 4,777 -7.5%
Rural region 17,806 16,277 -8.6% 16,678 15,287 -8.3%
Peri-urban 5,221 4,405 -15.6% 4,797 4,053 -15.5%
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%

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

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.

Applications received during 2011-12 by planning scheme

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.

Application decisions made across the state during 2011-12

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
Victoria 14,190 9,568 21% 4,482 4,642 444 48,540
Metropolitan region 9,912 6,473 21% 2,133 3,946 394 36,376
Inner and middle urban 5,151 3,355 19% 647 2,423 285 28,252
Outer urban 3,323 2,001 22% 1,088 841 72 4,610
Growth areas 1,313 1,117 25% 398 682 37 3,514
Rural Region 4,278 4,278 21% 2,349 696 50 14,931
Peri-urban 1,445 1,445 23% 774 112 11 3,916
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.

Statewide report

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.

More Information

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Page last updated: 22/08/19