Apply for a planning permit
Apply for a planning permit
Follow the steps below to apply for your planning permit. For more information on any of the steps, visit our guide on the planning application process.
Before applying for a planning permit we recommend that you either:
- contact the Statutory Planning Department on 03 5734 6200 to discuss your proposal
- apply for written advice
- arrange a pre-application meeting
- seek industry advice
You can request written planning advice from us to help you understand whether your proposal will need planning permit.
To apply for written advice from Council, submit a planning information request.
It may be useful to have a pre-application meeting with the Statutory Planning Department to ensure that any preliminary issues or concerns are addressed before your application is submitted.
To request a pre-application meeting:
Download and complete the pre-application meeting form PDF (452 KB).
You will be contacted to arrange a meeting within 10 working days of lodging your request.
It may be beneficial to seek industry professional advice such as a Town Planning Consultant for advice about your proposal. A consultant may be useful when it comes to understanding requirements, lodging your application or dealing with complex planning matters.
Prepare all relevant supporting documentation outlined in the list below. You will need these to draft your planning permit application.
You must provide the following information with any planning application in order for it to be processed.
1. A complete and valid certificate of title
A current certificate of title for the land including:
- current ownership details
- title plan
- a full copy of any registered covenants, restrictions or Section 173 Agreements that apply to the land.
The copy of title must be clearly legible and no older than 3 months. A copy of the title can be obtained by contacting the Victorian Land Titles Office on (03) 8636 2456 or ordered online via the Landata website.
2. Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) Certificate
If your estimated cost of development is more than the threshold set by the State Revenue Office, and your proposal is located within the Urban Growth Boundary of Beveridge or Wallan, then you will require an MPL Certificate.
For more information and to find the current threshold, visit State Revenue Office of Victoria Metropolitan Planning Levy.
3. Other documents
Refer to the relevant planning application checklist for a detailed list of supporting documents needed for each type of planning application.
Plans, documents and reports may also be required depending on the zones or overlays that apply to your site. Review the relevant factsheet below to see what additional requirements might need to be met if your property falls within a nominated zone or overlay.
- Buffer area overlay factsheet PDF (170 KB)
- Bushfire overlay factsheet PDF (175 KB)
- Cultural heritage factsheet PDF (198 KB)
- Design and development overlay factsheet PDF (216 KB)
- Development plan overlay factsheet PDF (200 KB)
- Erosion management overlay factsheet PDF (175 KB)
- Farming zone factsheet PDF (196 KB)
- Floodway overlay factsheet PDF (176 KB)
- Heritage overlay factsheet PDF (212 KB)
- Incorporated design overlay factsheet PDF (182 KB)
- Land subject to inundation overlay factsheet PDF (176 KB)
- Salinity overlay factsheet PDF (177 KB)
- If an application does not include all the relevant information required to make a proper assessment the application may be lapsed or refused.
- Council will not reimburse any fees paid for applications that are lapsed or refused.
Download and complete a Planning Permit Application Form.
Amend a current planning application
The Planning and Environment Act 1987 states that an applicant may amend their current planning application if:
- the applicant seeks to amend the planning application prior to the application reaching the notice (advertising) stage (section 50)
- the applicant seeks to amend the planning application after notice (advertising) of the application has concluded (section 57A).
If you meet the above criteria and wish to amend a permit application, please follow the steps below.
Download and complete the Amend a Planning Permit Application (Section 50) Form.
Return the form to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres or the Wallan Planning and Building Services Office and pay the relevant fees in person; or email your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and an officer will call you to take payment over the phone.
- fees are only applicable for section 57A amendments. Section 50 amendments are free of charge.
- applications may take up to 14 business days to process.
This page was last updated on 14 October 2021.