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Planning Process

Council can provide advice and information about local planning and are able to facilitate pre-application discussions to assess your proposal against the applicable planning requirements.

Some of the information that can be prepared in advance of a pre-application meeting is a site analysis and design response. This shows how the development addresses the subject site and the surrounding area. This helps to develop a design that suits the neighbourhood character of the area.

Lodging an application 

For all planning applications it is necessary to submit the following information:
  1. A completed application form.
  2. Payment of the appropriate application fees (see Schedule of Fees for more information).
  3. A Current Certificate of Title, including ownership details for the subject land. (Obtained from the Titles Office or online www.landata.vic.gov.au)
  4. Three copies of the site and floor plans and all elevations (development and some use applications)
  5. Three copies of the Neighbourhood and Site Description and Design Response (development applications), and
  6. Any other information as required

NB:- Council would prefer plans to be submitted either electronically or no larger than A3 in size.

For applications that are only for the use of land, a description of the proposal such as hours of operation, number of staff, etc, should also be submitted.

A written statement must be provided for applications to use the land for a dwelling which are located within the Farming Zone. The statement must explain how the proposed development responds to the decision guidelines.

What happens once I have lodged my application and paid the relevant fees?

Once the Council has received your application for a planning permit, together with all of the necessary information and fee, the application will be allocated to a Planner. You will be notified in writing or via email of the officer's name and contact number and a planning application number.

At this stage, an initial assessment is undertaken to determine whether there is any additional information that needs to be provided. If this is the case, the officer will write to you and request further information. Until this further information is submitted, the application cannot be processed further.

What happens once Council has received all of the necessary information?

Some applications will need to be advertised. The advertising will generally require letters to be sent to adjoining owners and occupiers, a sign displayed on the subject site and in the case of larger type developments a notice placed in the local newspaper. The Council will arrange for these notices and an administrative fee applies.

  • Issue a permit (if there are no objections)
  • Issue a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit (this happens when objections have been received and Council believes that the proposal is acceptable)
  • Refuse to Grant a Permit (if Council believes that the proposal is not acceptable).

If an application has been refused or a permit has been issued with conditions, the Applicant may appeal to the Planning and Environment List of the Victorian and Civil Administrative Tribunal within 60 days of the Council's decision. For further information on the appeal process visit the VCAT website www.vcat.vic.gov.au.

Similarly, should Council issue a Notice of Decision, and objectors are dissatisfied with Council's decision, an Application for Review can be lodged with VCAT (Appeal) within 21 days of the Notice. After the 21 days, if no appeals have been lodged, Council will issue a permit.

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