This is the fifteenth annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria. A detailed summary of statistical information for the 2017-18 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.

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 2017-18

For the 2017-18 year:

  • 54,585 applications were received, a decrease of 3% on 2016-17
  • 54,459 applications were decided, a decrease of 4% on 2016-17
  • the estimated cost of works for planning permits issued was $34 billion, an increase of 16% on 2016-17
  • 62% of applications were decided within sixty days, the same as in 2016-17
  • 78% of VicSmart applications were decided within ten business days, a decrease of 3% on 2016-17
  • permits issued for new dwellings provided for an estimated increase of 50,668 new dwellings
  • permits issued for subdivision provided for an estimated 58,877 new lots
  • 18% 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
 2016-172017-18Change2016-172017-18Change
Victoria 56,017 54,585 -3% 57,007 54,459 -4%
Metropolitan region 40,152 38,963 -3% 40,816 39,276 -4%
Inner and middle urban 24,066 22,795 -5% 24,759 22,976 -7%
Outer urban 10,705 10,643 -1% 10,846 10,454 -4%
Growth areas 5,381 5,525 3% 5,211 5,846 12%
Rural region 15,865 15,622 -2% 16,191 15,183 -6%
Peri-urban 4,841 4,629 -4% 4,857 4,486 -8%
Regional City LGA's 5,897 5,838 -1% 6,065 5,578 -8%
Small and medium regional 5,127 5,155 1% 5,269 5,119 -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 2017-18 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 2017-18 by planning scheme

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table shows permits that relate to residential use:

 2016-172017-18
 Total dwelling permits Total dwelling permits % total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Total number of new dwellings
Victoria 12,508 12,569 27% 4,638 7,931 50,668
Metropolitan region 9,290 9,521 29% 2,245 7,276 46,199
Inner and middle urban 5,360 5,274 27% 621 4,653 35,316
Outer urban 2,757 2,785 32% 990 1,795 6,426
Growth areas 1,173 1,462 30% 634 828 4,457
Rural Region 3,218 3,048 23% 2,393 655 4,469
Peri-urban 1,184 1,014 26% 880 134 1,228
Regional city LGAs 1,080 1,071 21% 644 427 2,130
Small and medium regional 954 963 21% 869 94 1,111

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.


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Page last updated: 05/03/19