What is a planning certificate?

Planning certificate

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.

Municipalities available

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
Ballarat
Banyule
Baw Baw
Bayside
Boroondara
Brimbank
Campaspe
Cardinia
Casey
Colac Otway
Darebin
East Gippsland
Frankston
French Island
Glen Eira
Golden Plains
Greater Bendigo
Greater Dandenong
Greater Geelong
Greater Shepparton
Hobsons Bay
Hume
Indigo
Kingston
Knox
Latrobe
Loddon
Manningham
Mansfield
Maribyrnong
Melbourne
Melton
Mitchell
Moira
Monash
Moonee Valley
Moorabool
Moreland
Mornington Peninsula
Mount Alexander
Moyne
Nillumbik
Port of Melbourne
Port Phillip
Pyrenees
South Gippsland
Stonnington
Swan Hill
Surf Coast
Warrnambool
Wellington
Whitehorse
Whittlesea
Wodonga
Wyndham
Yarra

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: 21/03/19