The Planning Permit process

The process for obtaining a planning permit is broken into distinct phases, including but not limited to:

  • pre-application meeting - when making an appointment it is useful to provide details of the proposal and land to enable Council's planning staff to adequately research and prepare for the meeting
  • submission of planning permit application, including payment of all appropriate fees
  • allocation to a Planning Officer
  • preliminary assessment by the Planning Officer in accordance with the planning scheme as well as policies and guidelines
  • If required, the Planning Officer will contact you in writing to obtain further information
  • application referred to relevant advisers and external authorities
  • your application may then be advertised in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (see below)
  • final assessment by the Planning Officer
  • decision is made to approve or refuse the application by Council.

Following this process there is an option of an application for review (appeal) to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Follow the links to the left for information about the planning permit process for specific types of development.

Note: building and other permits may also be required for the use or development of your land.

Last updated: 13 July 2016