Planning permit process
What is the process to obtain a planning permit?
Before you apply
Before preparing an application, ensure you have all the documentation required.
We offer pre-application meetings, written advice, policies and strategies and checklists to ensure that you are better prepared before you lodge your application.
Lodge your application
- Lodge your application online, pay the application fee and we will shortly confirm the contact details of the planner working with you on your application
We will review your application and provide feedback
Through an initial assessment of your application we may:
- request further information
- refer your application to another authority
- suggest making changes to your application
- indicate we don't support your application in its current form
We may advertise your application
If required, we’ll advertise your application for at least 14 days. This can include:
- sending a letter to your neighbours
- placing a sign at the front of your property
- advertising your planning application online
- receiving objections to your application
- scheduling and attending a mediation meeting with objectors
Please note that all applications advertised between 12 December 2022 and 20 January 2023 will be advertised for 28 days. This is in the interests of procedural fairness and to ensure those who may be absent during the festive period are still afforded an opportunity to comment on any application which might be of interest.
We will make a decision about your application
We will make our decision based on:
- considering all submissions that we receive through advertising
- considering any referral comments from other authorities and departments of Council
- assessing planning scheme provisions
- preparing a report
Making our decision
Depending on the type of application, a planning decision may be made:
- by a planning officer
- at a Planning Special Committee
- at an Ordinary Council Meeting
Our decision may be one of the following:
- approval of a planning permit or an amended permit
- notice of decision to grant or amend a planning permit
- notice of decision to refuse to grant a permit or an amendment to a permit
We will give a copy of the decision to the person who has applied for the planning permit and anyone who has provided a submission either supporting or objecting to the proposal.
We aim to process applications as quickly as possible. We aim to make a decision within 60 days of receiving your application. If we require further information, the 60 days starts from the date we receive that information. The more steps your application needs to go through, the longer the assessment will take.
After our decision
When does a permit begin?
A permit operates from:
- the date it was issued
- the date of VCAT’s decision if no date is specified and the permit was issued at the direction of VCAT (in this case it will need to be backdated to the Tribunal decision date); or
- the date on which it was issued (where no date is specified).
A permit can expire in three ways:
- if the permit is not acted upon; or
- if the use is discontinued as set out in section 68 of the Act; or
- if a permit condition provides that a use may only be conducted until a certain time or that works must be removed after a certain time.
You can also change your approved planning permit, including extending the expiry date.
VCAT may review your application
VCAT will only review your application if:
- the permit applicant appeals against conditions or refusal
- an objector appeals against a notice of decision to grant or amend a planning permit
Complying with conditions
After we’ve approved your planning permit, sometimes you need to submit further documentation to comply with your permit conditions.
After you submit your documents, we:
- assess your documents
- may seek views from other specialists
- advise you of our decision
After we approve your planning permit, you may need to apply for more permits such as:
- Building Permits
- Asset Protection Permits
- Vehicle Crossing Permits
- Food Business Permits
- Public Health and Wellbeing Permits
- Footpath Trading Permits
This is not an exhaustive list, so make sure that you check with Council and other regulatory services that you have all your approvals in place before you start.