Objecting to a planning permit application

Any written comments received during the advertising period are called submissions. Submissions opposing a proposal are objections. We must consider all written submissions when making a decision about an application.

While submissions are usually lodged during the 14-day advertising period, submissions may be lodged with Council up to the time it makes a decision. However, it is recommended that comments are lodged within the advertising period.

An objection must be in writing and clearly state how the application will affect the objector. Furthermore, it should be based on legitimate town planning issues and not self-interest or commercial gain.

If you make a written submission, you will be notified by mail of Council's decision.

Submissions are not confidential, and name and address details are available to the public and the applicant.

To lodge an objection, you need to write a letter, which includes your name and contact details (including address), the planning application number, address of the property in question, and a statement of how the proposal will affect you.

You can lodge your written objection by:

Post: 

Manager Planning and Statutory Services
Indigo Shire Council
PO Box 28
Beechworth
Victoria 3747

Email: info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au (please clearly state 'objection to (insert planning application number)' in the subject line)

In person: At our Customer Service Centres

If, despite your objection to us, we decide to grant the permit, you can appeal against the decision.

An appeal must be made on a prescribed form (obtained from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)) and accompanied by the prescribed fee. A copy of your application for review must be given to us, the applicant for the planning approval and any referral authority.

Any appeals must be made within 21 days of us giving notice of our decision. If we refuse the application, the applicant can also appeal. These provisions are set out on the refusal of planning application, which will be issued at that time.