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Planning Permits
building & development
Planning Permits
A Planning Permit is permission to develop or use land for a particular purpose.

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A planning application may have to address many different matters. Some matters that might be relevant to a planning permit application include:

  • Bushfire planning and recovery information
  • Bushfire hazard
  • Flood hazard
  • Climate change
  • Erosion hazard
  • The amenity of an area
  • Social impacts
  • Vegetation removal
  • Heritage
  • Infrastructure

Planning permit applicants need to supply all the information so that Council can assess the issues and reach a good, balanced decision.

As well as deciding if a planning permit should be issued, Council must enforce the rules about land use and development.  For example planning permits often have conditions about how a proposal must be carried out. Council Officers check that these conditions are met and may take action if the conditions are not met. Similarly if a permit has not been issued by Council but development happens anyway, Council will start enforcement action.

Remember, it is up to you to check and get the correct permits.

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What is Planning?

Planning is a way to ensure that economic, social and environmental matters and impacts are considered and managed as places change. For example, there are different areas where houses, shops, pubs, parks, farms, factories and roads are located. Planning is how the community tries to put these different land uses and developments in the right places. The planning process should achieve fair, orderly and sustainable land use and development outcomes.

The use, development and protection of land in Victoria is controlled by the Planning and Environment Act 1987.  The Act says that documents known as “Planning Schemes” are to set out the goals and rules about the use and development of land in each local government area.

The East Gippsland Planning Scheme is the document that sets out the rules in East Gippsland and is used by Council to assess planning permit applications.  When putting together a planning permit application you must find out how the Planning Scheme relates to your proposal.

Do you need a Planning Permit?

What is a planning permit?

A Planning Permit is permission to develop or use land for a particular purpose.  The East Gippsland Planning Scheme sets out the many types of use and development of land that require a planning permit.

You may need other approvals as well as a planning permit – such as a building approval.  A planning permit is not a building permit.

Some instances when a planning permit is required

Some of the most common reasons a planning permit is required are:

  • Starting a business
  • Constructing, altering, or extending a building
  • Subdivision of land
  • Clearing native vegetation from land
  • Displaying a sign
  • Changing the use of a property
  • Applying for a liquor licence

A planning permit only applies to the land for which it has been granted. Permits are usually subject to conditions, including the approval of plans by Council.

It is an offence to use, or to develop land, if that use or development needs a planning permit and you have not obtained one.

The Planning Permit Process

Council has created a flowchart to assist in understanding how the planning permit process works.

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This page was last published on: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021