Overview

Overview

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PPARs annual reports use VCAT figures sourced directly from the Department of Justice and do not reference the VCAT data submitted to PPARS by responsible authorities. The annual reports for 2019-20 & 2020-21 are yet to be updated with figures from Department of Justice and are currently displaying figures provided by the responsible authorities.

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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.

These annual reports cover information for the state aggregated and can be 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 2020-21

For the 2020-21 year:

  • 51,622 applications were received, an increase of 7.4% on 2019-20
  • 48,276 applications were decided, an increase of 2.3% on 2019-20
  • the estimated cost of works for planning permits issued was $26.78 billion, a decrease of 21.5% on 2019-20
  • 67.1% of applications were decided within sixty days, an increase of 0.1% on 2019-20
  • 80.2% of VicSmart applications were decided within ten business days, an increase of 0.4% on 2019-20
  • permits issued for new dwellings provided for an estimated increase of 28,019 new dwellings
  • permits issued for subdivision provided for an estimated 53,934 new lots
  • 17.6% 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.

Report links will open the latest generated report; previous reports can be viewed by using the date selectors.

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


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Reports

× Please note:
PPARs annual reports use VCAT figures sourced directly from the Department of Justice and do not reference the VCAT data submitted to PPARS by responsible authorities. The annual reports for 2019-20 & 2020-21 are yet to be updated with figures from Department of Justice and are currently displaying figures provided by the responsible authorities.

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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