VicPlan map viewer allows you to find a property or parcel anywhere in Victoria, access links to all applicable planning rules, and generate a planning property report.

Watch the VicPlan introductory video below for a guided tour of the viewer and its functionality.

Frequently Asked Questions

The search box in VicPlan will accommodate many search types, ie. Property address, Lot & Plan, a locality or even a Crown Land descriptor.  A full list of all the VicPlan search types are available below. Note: some search types require a certain format, so refer to the examples in the list.

Start by typing in the search box, then select the result you require from the suggestion list that appears. The area will be shown highlighted on the map and the details will also be displayed in the information panel to the left of the map.

VicPlan search types

1. Address (includes proposed) eg. 21 Smith Avenue Thomastown 3074
2. Parcel or Lot on Plan (includes proposed) eg. 7\RP4959
3. Parcel property number eg. P204293
4. Property LGA Number eg. 124207
5. Lot on Street eg. Lot 1 Smith Avenue Croydon
6. Street eg. Smith Street Albert Park
7. Locality eg. Albert Park
8. Local Government Area eg. Bayside
9. Heritage Inventory Site name, eg. Royal Park Hospital Precinct
10. Heritage Inventory Number, eg. H7822-0436
11. Heritage Register Number eg. H1926
12. Heritage Register Site Name eg. Braille Library & Hall
13. Heritage Inventory Hermes Number eg. 13925
14. Heritage Register Hermes Number eg. 11566
15. Crown Land, use combination of Allot, Sec, Sub, Por, Blk with Parish name, eg. Parish Ararat Allot 1 Sec 15A

Note: when searching for a Parcel or Lot on Plan number ensure to use a backslash '\' not a forward-slash. This format is using the SPI number (Standard Parcel Identifier) which is simply the lot and plan numbers separated by a backslash.

If you do not see the result you want in the suggestion list, either keep typing more of the details or backspace and alter the details slightly. The suggestion list will change as you change your input. Please note that only the top five predictive results are shown in the suggestion list and they appear alphabetically.

Example below: If you are looking for 8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne, simply type as much of the address to make it distinguishable from similar addresses. Notice as you type more of the address it narrows down and highlights (in bold text) the matched components of the address. You can use abbreviations, ie. St for Street and it will included the in the search but not be in bold, as it's not an exact match.

If you don’t know any of these details, browse the map by clicking and dragging the map to a location. You can use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out of the map. You can double-click on the map to zoom in or use the plus and minus buttons in the top-left to zoom in or out.

Point and click at a location to see a list of property and parcel options in the information panel to the left of the map, see below. You can then choose the property of interest just by clicking on it and it will be centred in the map with details shown in the information panel.

Yes, you can search for a suburb or local government area.

Once the area is displayed, you may need to zoom to view zones and overlays, which are visible at a scale of 1:25,0000 or lower.

Only the top five predictive searches are shown, and they are displayed alphabetically. If the address you are looking for isn't listed, keep typing and it should appear as the options narrow. Tip: As there are many streets with the same name you may need to add the first letter of the street type or add the suburb to find the unique address you're looking for. For example, 10 Smith St Collingwood.

A parcel an individual piece of land that can be sold separately, and is also known as a lot. It usually has one proprietor or owner. An example of a parcel descriptor is 1\LP23402.

A property is land, typically identified by a street address or a rate assessment number, that is under common occupation for the purpose of rating, billing or habitation. A property can be made up of one parcel or contain many parcels, or be one part of a parcel or parcels. An example of a property address is 23 Diamond Avenue Glen Waverley 3150.

In VicPlan release 2.2.3 you can view historic planning scheme zones, overlays, amendments and associated property boundaries.To do this go to the property of interest by using the search tool. From the layer control panel, turn off the current Planning Scheme and Property layers and turn on the Historic Planning Scheme and Historic Property layers. Next, click on the Time Slider tool and change the time slider to different points in time. If there have been changes in your area of interest the map will change according to the time slider dates.

You can also view a time extent by changing the Time Mode in the Time Slider 'More Settings'. This will allow you to choose two dates, ie. from Date1 to Date2, rather than just a single point in time. You can also step forward and backward or play Timeline to animate change over time.

Historic views of the Planning Scheme Amendments have be preset into 3 years of Zone and Overlay Amendments. Just expand the Historical Amendments folder in the layer control panel and turn on either Zone Amendments or Overlay Amendments. Both these layers have the last 3 years of amendments colour coded.


VPP Planning Scheme historical record information is available on the Planning Schemes Online website.

VicPlan also provides access to Historic Zoning Maps from 1954, 1959, 1968 and 1985. These layers are available under the Planning Scheme folder in the group 'Historic Zoning Maps'

Zones and overlays are only visible at a scale view of 1:25,000 or lower. Zoom in to see them.

Each planning zone and overlay shown on the screen can be selected by clicking the 'Layer list' in the toolbar or the 'Layers' tab in the Property Information Panel, you can select individual Planning Scheme Zones, Planning Scheme Overlays, Local Government Area Layer, Properties Layer or the base map to personalise the layers that you wish to see on the map.

Independent Layer Control Screenshot

If you are unable to find the zone or overlay you wish to turn on or off, use the 'Filter' search bar in the 'Layer list' to change the colour transparency.

The toolbar buttons and 'Layer list' will update the zones and overlays for the entire state. This means that the selection control applies to the whole state, not to only what you see on the map to allow a user to zoom in and out with the zone and overlays selected.

Remember: that the zones or overlays do not default back to the original view once you have made your selection. You must reselect any of the individual layers that have been turned off to return to the original default view.

Every planning scheme zone and overlay control has a unique code that is a combination of colour, text and numbers.

When an address search is performed, the Property Information panel will populate with the Planning Scheme Zone or Overlay, its colour on the map, the zone code and its corresponding ordinance documentation.

For more information about zone and overlay codes, visit the Planning Schemes Online help section.

VicPlan uses four types of base maps, which you can select from the 'Map' icon or from the 'Layer list'. These can be used interchangeably depending on what you would like to view on the map.

  • Colour - is the default base map
  • Greyscale - this is a Mapscape base map designed to provide more opportunity for better zone or overlay comparison to the base map. This base is available up to a 1:5,000 scale.
  • Aerial - this shows the map with satellite imagery. Allows you to see different landscapes on the map e.g. vegetation.
  • Hybrid - this allows you to view map and aerial imagery at the same time. Select Hybrid and Aerial in the 'Layer list' to view Hybrid.

Greyscale base map screenshot

Yes, to allow greater visibility of zone and overlay colours, the base map can be viewed in greyscale. Transparency sliders are also available to weaken or strengthen the colours.

You can only click on a location when zones and overlays are visible – at a scale of 1:25,000 or lower.

Point your cursor to the site and click once to bring up property and parcel options in the left-hand panel.

Once you have selected a property or parcel, links to all the relevant sections of the local planning scheme for each zone and overlay will appear in the Property/Parcel Information Panel.

Select property or parcel screen shot

A property or parcel planning report provides you with all the zone and overlay information for the selected property, along with a series of maps and links to the relevant sections of the local planning scheme, in a downloadable file.

When you have selected a property or parcel, at the bottom of the Property/Parcel Information Panel you will see the ‘Create Property/Parcel Planning Report’ button.

Click this button to generate your report.

Select property or parcel screen shot

The ‘Identify’ icon provides more information about a selected property or location. This includes the zones, overlay or LGA layer. The Property Information Panel will provide a selection based on what information is within the point selected.

It is also possible to right click on a location from within the map to ‘Find data on the map’ to retrieve similar data and also retrieve the latitude and longitude coordinate.

Identify feature screen shot

The mark-up tools are great to use for placing marks or text on to the map for emphasis. These tools allow highlighting and drawing on the map. These can be edited and cleared from the map as you use them.

There are many different shapes, colours and text that can be used to place mark-ups on to your map. These can also be printed using the ‘Export Map’ function in the ‘Basic Tools’ tab or exported into a Shapefile using the ‘Export Drawings’ icon.

Remember: If you wish to use a different function in the other tabs, re-click the button of the feature you are using to return to a zoom and pan mode.

Mark up tools screen shot

There are two ways to measure areas of features on the map, you can use the auto measure or free hand methods listed below.

1. Auto Measure of Area

The simplest way to get the area of a property (or other map feature) just select the property on the map, select the item in the information panel and choose the 'Measure Area' option. The dimensions and area of the property will be displayed on the map, see the example in the image below. To remove the area measurements from the map use the 'Clear' button in the Tools tab.


2. Free hand measure

Measure tools allow you to measure distances between points or determine the area for a certain location.

By enabling snapping during the use of these functions, you can snap the line you draw to a layer that you choose so you can be more accurate with your drawing and measuring.

You can also print out the measurement drawn on the map by using the ‘Export Map’ function in the basic tools tab.

Remember: If you wish to use a different function in the other tabs, re-click the button of the feature you are using to return to a zoom and pan mode.

Measure tool screen shot

This function allows you to produce an image or PDF file of what is visible on your map and download it. After selecting ‘Print’ and reviewing the options available, click ‘Print’ to generate a file.

You can change what part of the map is included in the file by unticking the ‘Lock print preview with map’ option and adjusting the map by panning and zooming to the desired area.

Export map function screen shot

Zone and overlays spatial map data is updated weekly, generally on Thursday.

On occasion some large map views can freeze when they are being generated. You may need to refresh your browser to fix the freeze, but refreshing the page will start the process over.

More information

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Page last updated: 12/09/19