Making a Planning Permit Application to VIC

In Victoria, a planning permit application is not necessarily required for residential development and a building permit application can be made directly to your Council or a Private Building Surveyor.

However, a planning permit application will be required for residential development by the local Council if

  • On a lot less than 300m2;
  • Development proposes two or more dwellings; or
  • Where an Overlay applies.

These include for example Overlays protecting the heritage character of an area, bushfire management, Special Building Overlay (overland flooding), or vegetation protection.

The planning permit application will be assessed against the relevant municipal planning scheme, which includes the relevant policies and decision guidelines.

For residential development and residential subdivision the Rescode design guidelines are included within the planning scheme.

The planning scheme will also prescribe which applications are exempt from public notification and third party appeal rights.

There are generally two types of planning permit application processes within Victoria.

Minor residential development such as front fencing, crossovers, carports & garages, and dwellings affected by a Special Building Overlay may qualify as a VicSmart application.

These types of planning permit applications are exempt from public notification and must be assessed within 14 days by your local Council.

Most other forms of residential development will likely require public notification for two weeks and will take around two months for your local Council to assess and decide on.

Generally subdivisions and all forms of commercial and industrial use and development will require a planning permit.

Where a planning permit application is required in Victoria, we will:

    1. Complete all necessary planning permit application forms
    2. Prepare a submission supporting the application, responding to the policies, and decision guidelines within the planning scheme
    3. Check compliance with any covenants, restrictions or section 173 agreements
    4. Lodge the planning permit application
    5. Liaise and negotiate outcomes with Council during the application assessment process

Depending on the nature of the application, it may require advice from government agencies and the preparation of specialist reports, for example, environmental sustainable design, urban design, waste management or traffic studies.

Once the application has been assessed and approved, we will review the conditions and advise whether any further representations need to be made to Council.

PPLAN Town Planners for Victorian Planning Permit Applications

It is important your application is complete with all the relevant information included. 

A poorly made application may result in a request from Council for further information delaying the assessment of the application, which means you lose valuable time and money.

PPLAN will provide you with the best advice for your Planning Permit Application.

Contact PPLAN today