Overview

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Annual Report for 2019-20 is currently under review and is targetted for release in December 2020.

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This is the sixteenth annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria. A detailed summary of statistical information for the 2018-19 financial year, the data is provided by the 79 local government authorities, the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal. 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.

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.

Overview of Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in 2018-19

For the 2018-19 year:

  • 50,845 applications were received, a decrease of 6.8% on 2017-18
  • 52,210 applications were decided, a decrease of 4.6% on 2017-18
  • the estimated cost of works for planning permits issued was $33.2 billion, a decrease of 7.1% on 2017-18
  • 63.9% of applications were decided within sixty days, an increase of 4.1% on 2017-18
  • 78.5% of VicSmart applications were decided within ten business days, the same as 2017-18
  • permits issued for new dwellings provided for an estimated increase of 37,402 new dwellings
  • permits issued for subdivision provided for an estimated 59,507 new lots
  • 15.8% of permits issued involved a change in land use; most of these to a residential use.

Previous annual reports

Annual activity reports have been published annually since 2004. In 2012, the Department moved to solely online publication of the data.

Reports produced in 2011 and prior are available to view or download in PDF format from the PPARS website.


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Data tables

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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
2017-182018-19Change2017-182018-19Change
Victoria54,573 50,893 -7% 54,573 52,107 -5%
Metropolitan region38,948 35,953 -8% 39,348 37,501 -5%
Inner and middle urban 22,784 20,876 -8% 23,024 21,722 -6%
Outer urban 10,641 9,615 -10% 10,479 10,155 -3%
Growth areas 5,523 5,462 -1% 5,845 5,624 -4%
Rural region15,616 14,940 -4% 15,225 14,606 -4%
Peri-urban4,628 4,558 -2% 4,487 4,316 -4%
Regional City LGA's 5,833 5,748 -1% 5,581 5,623 1%
Small and medium regional 5,155 4,634 -10% 5,157 4,667 -10%

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

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table shows permits that relate to residential use:

2017-182018-19
Total dwelling permits Total dwelling permits % total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Total number of new dwellings
Victoria 12,569 11,990‬ 27% 4,620 7,370 37,455
Metropolitan region9,521 ‭8,889‬ 29% 2,174 6,715 32,441
Inner and middle urban 5,274 ‭4,781‬ 27% 595 4,186 23,235
Outer urban 2,785 ‭2,722‬ 33% 955 1,767 5,631
Growth areas 1,462 ‭1,386‬ 29% 624 762 3,575
Rural Region3,048 ‭3,101‬ 24% 2,446 655 5,014
Peri-urban1,014 ‭1,031‬ 28% 895 1361,230
Regional city LGAs 1,071 ‭1,148‬ 23% 715 4332,768
Small and medium regional 963 922‬ 22% 836861,016

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Reports

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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 municipality

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.

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