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Complying with planning permits

Planning permits usually contain conditions that set out how the land can be used or developed and a time limit for getting the work done.

A planning permit comes with endorsed plans that show what is to be built and how the land can be used. You must ensure the buildings and works are undertaken as shown on the endorsed plans.

Failing to comply with a permit – investigations and enforcement

We investigate breaches of the conditions of a planning permit and associated endorsed plans. This includes the investigation of allegations regarding the inappropriate use and development of land.

Use and development compliance issues may include:

  • building without a planning permit, where one is required
  • building works that are inconsistent with the approved planning permit or endorsed plans
  • using the property illegally or inconsistent with planning permit conditions
  • changing how the land is used without planning approval, where such approval is required
  • carrying out works to a heritage building covered by a Heritage Overlay without planning approval
  • removing of certain types of vegetation

Wherever possible we seek compliance in a conciliatory manner. If this fails our next steps include:

  • issuing an official warning
  • issuing a Planning Infringement Notice (PIN) and substantial fine
  • applying to the VCAT for the cancellation or amendment of a planning permit
  • applying to the VCAT for an enforcement order
  • prosecuting in the Magistrates' Court.

This page was last updated on 15 February 2021.