This is the thirteenth annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria. A detailed summary of statistical information for the 2015-16 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:

  • state
  • 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 the following:

  • The figures in this annual report do not contain data from Hepburn Shire Council.
  • The figures calculated using Final Outcome in this annual report may not be accurate for the 2014-15 financial year due to PPARS during that time period.

Planning Permit Activity Report

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

Statewide planning permit activity

The permit activity occurring within each local government area 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.


Overview of Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in 2015-16

For the 2015-16 year:

  • the number or applications received was 59,729, an increase of 4% on 2014-15
  • the number of applications decided was 56,403, a decrease of 2% on 2014-15
  • the estimated cost of works for planning permits issued was $33.6 billion, an increase of 39.7% on 2014-15
  • 64% of applications were decided within sixty days, a decrease of 2% on 2014-15
  • 83% of VicSmart applications were decided within ten business days, an increase of 3.7% on 2014-15
  • permits issued for new dwellings provided for an estimated increase of 61,351 new dwellings
  • permits issued for subdivision provided for an estimated 62,178 new lots
  • 16.2% 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
 2014-152015-16Change2014-152015-16Change
Victoria 57,307 59,729 4% 57,715 56,403 -2%
Metropolitan region 40,717 43,074 6% 41,093 40,206 -2%
Inner and middle urban 24,287 26,153 8% 24,991 23,859 -5%
Outer urban 10,827 11,309 4% 10,712 10,974 2%
Growth areas 5,603 5,612 0% 5,390 5,373 0%
Rural region 16,590 16,655 0% 16,622 16,197 -3%
Peri-urban 4,532 4,647 3% 4,556 4,509 -1%
Regional City LGA's 6,449 6,490 1% 6,515 6,294 -3%
Small and medium regional 5,609 5,518 -2% 5,551 5,394 -3%

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. 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:

 2014-152015-16
 Total dwelling permits Total dwelling permits % total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Total number of new dwellings
Victoria 10,604 13,269 27% 4,756 8,513 61,351
Metropolitan region 7,788 10,139 29% 2,450 7,689 56,422
Inner and middle urban 4,061 5,849 28% 709 5,140 46,160
Outer urban 2,742 3,039 32% 1,296 1,743  6,450
Growth areas 985 1,251 28% 445 806  3,812
Rural Region 2,816 3,130 21% 2,306 824  4,929
Peri-urban 895 1,051 26% 878 173  1,159
Regional city LGAs 929 1,141 20% 593 548  2,882
Small and medium regional 992 938 19% 835 103 888

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.


More Information

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Page last updated: 15/02/19