Planning schemes set out policies and provisions for the use and development of land. A planning scheme covers each local council area in Victoria, and some special planning areas.

The following online services provide access to Victorian planning scheme information.

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Launch VicPlan

VicPlan - Zones & Overlays is a state-wide map viewer for location-based planning scheme information.

  • Locate any property or parcel in Victoria, via address/parcel search or map browsing
  • Access direct links to all planning rules relating to a site
  • Generate a property or parcel planning report with localised maps showing each relevant zone and overlay.
  • More information about VicPlan

    Get help on how to use VicPlan

Planning scheme amendments

Current and recently approved amendments to planning schemes are available on the Planning website.

View planning scheme amendments

Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP)

The Victoria Planning Provisions are the standard provisions that form the framework for all of Victoria's planning schemes.

More information about Victoria Planning Provisions

Go to Victorian Planning Provisions

Planning scheme histories

Search a comprehensive index of all planning schemes since 1997 or view older planning scheme records at the Public Record Office Victoria.

Free access to historical planning information

Planning Report Search

Download a PDF Planning Property Report, which includes more detailed planning information about your search result, by selecting the ‘Download PDF Report’ button.

The full PDF Planning Property Report includes:

  • a planning zone map
  • separate maps for planning overlays affecting a property or parcel
  • links to the zone and overlay provisions in the local planning scheme
  • whether a property is included on the Victorian Heritage Register
  • whether the property is in a designated bushfire prone area.

Search for a Planning Report

PlanningVIC: Planning Property Report mobile app

A mobile application for iOS and Android which provides easy access to planning scheme information for any property in Victoria.

The app provides the same reports available through the Planning Property Report service with the advantage of mobile access.

Download the app or view more information

Planning Maps Online

An interactive map service that allows you to:

  • search planning scheme maps using a property address, Melway reference or lot and plan number
  • view planning zones and overlays
  • use simple tools to move around and view planning scheme maps at whatever scale you wish
  • turn zone and overlay layers on and off to customise your view of each planning scheme
  • prepare and print a customised PDF report
  • access information about properties listed on the Victorian Heritage Register
  • view aerial imagery for the Melbourne metropolitan area
  • view historical maps for the 1954, 1959 and 1968 Melbourne planning schemes.

Go to Planning Maps Online

Planning Schemes Online

Planning scheme maps and provisions

Access planning scheme maps and provisionsfor all of Victoria's planning schemes.

Schemes are updated weekly to include amendments that have been approved and published in the Government Gazette.

Go to Planning Schemes Online

Zoning definition plans

A free service is available on request for the preparation of Zoning Definition Plans.

These plans show the location of planning zones or overlays relative to property boundaries.

They can be used to identify the specific location of zones and overlay boundaries where they do not coincide with property boundaries.

Order a zoning definition plan

Planning Certificates

A planning certificate is an official statement of the planning controls that apply to a property. They are mainly used to satisfy the Sale of Land Act 1962, which requires a vendor to provide details of the land zoning, and any overlay controls or exhibited proposed amendments to the planning scheme.

Planning certificates do not show the locations of zone or overlay boundaries, or details of any other specific controls. It is best to contact a planner at the local council to check for any other planning provisions that might apply.

The Department issues planning certificates for the municipalities listed below. If your municipality is not listed here, you will need to contact your local council to get a planning certificate.

Alpine Resorts
Baw Baw
Colac Otway
East Gippsland
French Island
Glen Eira
Golden Plains
Greater Bendigo
Greater Dandenong

Greater Shepparton
Hobsons Bay
Moonee Valley

Mornington Peninsula
Mount Alexander
Port of Melbourne
Port Phillip
South Gippsland
Swan Hill
Surf Coast

Apply Online

If your municipality is listed above, you can apply for a planning certificate online by opening LANDATA® Titles, Property Certificates and Crown Land Status Reports and filling out a number of simple screens.

All you need to supply is:

  • your contact details, or your login ID (if you are a registered user).
  • information about the property or properties in question.
  • your credit card details for the purchase of the certificate or certificates.

Prepaid accounts are also available.

More information

Further information about obtaining planning certificates is available by contacting the Land Information Centre:

Land Information Centre
Level 10
570 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (+61 3) 8636 2831

Page last updated: 16/07/19