The Planning and Environment Act 1987 allows certain documents to be incorporated in a planning scheme by reference, rather than by including them in the scheme itself.

Incorporated documents are included by being listed in:

  • the Table to Clause 72.04 (statewide)
  • the Schedule to Clause 72.04 (local) of the planning scheme.

Generally, where reference to a document is specifically required because the document affects the operation of the planning scheme, the document, or relevant part of the document, should be incorporated and read as part of the scheme.

Find information about the difference between an incorporated document and a background document in Planning Practice Note 13: Incorporated and background documents (PDF, 144.0 KB) or (DOCX, 35.9 KB)

View an incorporated document

You can view most incorporated documents in a planning scheme by going to the relevant planning scheme online and selecting the Incorporated documents tab. If an incorporated document is not available online, you can visit the relevant council to view a copy.

Documents which have been incorporated into a planning scheme by a local council (Schedule to Clause 72.04) form part of that planning scheme. They must be available for inspection at that council's offices and at the department's offices. 

As part of every planning scheme, statewide incorporated documents (Table to Clause 72.04), they must be available for inspection at any local council and at the department's offices and website. If a document is not available online, please contact the relevant departmental office or the council to make an appointment to view it.

Page last updated: 30/01/19