Planning Applications - Have Your Say
Making submissions on planning applications
Objecting to a Planning Application
If you are affected by or have concerns about a planning permit application you can contact Council to discuss the matter. You can also submit a formal objection, which may include suggestions for changes that would resolve your concerns.
Anyone can lodge an objection to a planning permit application. Council must consider all objections when assessing the application.
How to Object
Fill out an Objection Form. An objection must be in writing and clearly state how the application will affect you. Your objection should be based on valid planning issues.
Your objection is not confidential and your name and address details will be available to the public and the applicant.
What happens next?
You will be sent a letter confirming your objection has been received. You may be invited to a consultation meeting to discuss your concerns with the applicant and Council officers.
You will receive a copy of Council's decision. If a permit is granted, Council will issue a ‘Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit’ and if a permit is refused Council will issue a ‘Notice of Decision to Refuse a Planning Permit’. If a ‘Notice of Decision to Grant a Planning Permit’ is issued, objectors have 21 days to apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a review of the decision.
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
Council’s decision about a planning permit application does not necessarily have to be final. If you are unhappy with a Council decision you can review the decision with the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT). An application for review may:
- Object to the grant of a permit.
- Object to the refusal of a permit.
- Object to the conditions or lack of conditions placed on a permit.