Planning permit process and planning permit application form

Guide to obtaining a Planning Permit

A Planning Permit is often required from Council (the Responsible Authority) before buildings and works are undertaken, native vegetation removed, filling or subdivision of land and the erection of signage.

You should discuss whether you require a permit with the Planning Department. You should also examine the Council's Planning Scheme (particularly the Zone and Overlay Provisions, Municipal Strategic Statement and Local Planning Policy Framework).

Application process

Before making the application:

  • find out about the relevant planning scheme
  • talk to the Council Planning Department
  • talk to your neighbours
  • consider getting professional advice
  • organise a pre-application meeting with one of Council’s Planners

Prepare and submit your application, ensuring you have included:

  • application information
  • the planning Permit Application form
  • any relevant fees
  • complete copy of title to the land

Council will then check your application. Depending upon your circumstances, Council may request more information within 28 days of your application being lodged. Council may also refer your application to other Council departments or external authorities if their interests are affected.

The referral part of the process can take up to 28 days

If required, your application is advertised for at least 14 days. This usually occurs by letter to adjoining neighbours and/or a sign on the site, or possibly via a newspaper advertisement.

People affected by your proposed development may object.

Council assessment of your application includes the following process:

  • planning scheme provisions are assessed
  • any referral comments are considered
  • any objections received are considered
  • a mediation meeting may be held if required
  • any referral comments are considered
  • planning scheme provisions are assessed
  • negotiations held with applicant to resolve any issues
  • the Council Planner prepares a report for Council

Council may:

  • either a issue a Planning Permit (provided no objections have been received)
  • Issue a Notice of Decision to Grant a Planning Permit with conditions (if objections have been received)
  • Issue a Notice of Refusal to Grant a Planning Permit

Review by VCAT if required

A planning matter may be referred to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) if:

  • the applicant wishes to appeal Council’s decision
  • an objector wishes to appeal Council’s decision