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Applying for a Planning Permit

How to apply for a planning permit

How do I get started?

When you have found out what zones and overlays apply to your land (Planning Property Report) and need advice, you can arrange a pre-application meeting to discuss your proposal with a planning officer. It is not a planning officer's role to design the application or predict a decision, but they can give advice and guidance on the process.


Council planners can tell you if you need a planning permit and if so, advise what you need to include in your application.


You may choose to seek professional advice or prepare a planning permit application yourself using Council’s planning application checklists as a guide. To ensure that your application can be processed quickly and efficiently it is essential that all the relevant information is included.


What do I need to include?

A planning permit application must include:

  • A completed Planning Permit Application Form (don’t forget to sign and date it)
  • Payment of the application fees (see Schedule of Fees for more information) 
  • A Certificate of Title less than 30 days old, including all details for the subject land. You can get this from the Titles Office or phone (03) 8636 2456.
  • Three copies of the site and floor plans and all elevations (all development and some use applications).  All plans must be drawn to scale with dimensions to a professional standard.  If not, you may be asked to provide new plans that meet the standard.
  • Any other information required.  See the planning checklist page, speak to a planning consultant or check with Council  “These forms will help you”

Need to know more…

Application for a Planning Permit

How to complete the "Application for Planning Permit" form

Guide to the mandatory information you must provide


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