Statutory Planning


Statutory Planning issues planning permits for residential, commercial, industrial and rural related development, including subdivision, housing and new business. Talk to Statutory Planning before starting any works.

The new VicSmart planning provisions were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes on 19 September 2014 by Amendment VC114.  Learn more...

Current Planning Applications

View Current Planning Applications and find out more information about how to comment and mediation meetings.

Applying & Processing of Planning Permits

Applying and Processing of a Planning Permit

Forms, Guides and Checklists

A range of fact sheets, planning guidelines and checklists to help you better understand your planning needs.

Application Fees

A permit fee is required as a part of any permit application and are charged accordingly by the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents.

Mediation Meetings

Mediations are informal meetings providing opportunity for objectors to express their concerns

Appealing a Council Decision

Applicants or objectors who disagree with Council’s decision on a planning permit application can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to review Council’s decision.

Planning Permits & Types

Constructing or extending a building? Demolishing? Subdivision? Liquor Licence? You may need a planning permit.

Cultural Heritage Plans (CHMP)

Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs) are a way of protecting and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage while allowing development to proceed.


Learn about the Heritage Overlay, Bushfire Management Zoning, Vegetation and Koala Overlays and how they affect you.

Planning Enforcement

Under the City of Ballarat Planning Scheme a planning permit is required prior to the commencement of numerous new uses and construction/demolition of structures

Certificate of Compliance

A certificate of compliance is issued by Council and formally confirms existing use/development rights

VicSmart planning permit processTop of document.

VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications. Classes of application are identified in the planning scheme as being VicSmart and have specified requirements for information, assessment processes and decision guidelines.

Key features of VicSmart include:

  • A 10 day permit process
  • Applications are not advertised
  • Information to be submitted with an application and what council can consider is pre-set
  • The Chief Executive Officer of the council or delegate decides the application.

The Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes have been amended to set out the VicSmart planning assessment process and the classes of application:

  • Clause 90 introduces the new section for the VicSmart process and classes of application
  • Clause 91 specifies the new process for assessing VicSmart applications
  • Clause 92 specifies the classes of application that are State VicSmart classes of application
  • Clause 93 specifies the information requirements and decision guidelines for each class of State VicSmart application
  • Clause 94 specifies the classes of application that are local VicSmart applications
  • Clause 95 specifies the information requirements and decision guidelines for each local class of application.
  • Local classes of VicSmart application were introduced to the Ballarat Planning Schemes at the same time (Design and Development Overlay).

Changes to the Planning and Environment Regulations to implement VicSmart were also made on 19 September 2014. The Planning and Environment Regulations 2005 have been amended to:

  • prescribe a time of 10 business days after which an application for review of a failure to grant a permit for a VicSmart application may be made
  • prescribe a time of five business days within which the responsible authority may require further information and stop the statutory clock
  • insert a definition of a VicSmart application
  • require the responsible authority to specify in the planning register whether an application is a VicSmart application.

To see if you qualify or more information on the VicSmart process please see the VicSmart Application Document or contact the planning unit at the City of Ballarat.