Before applying for a planning permit

Determine if you need a planning permit, and if so, ensure you have all your information ready to lodge an application.

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Do I need a permit?

There are a number of different factors that determine whether or not you need a planning permit. These include, but are not limited to:

  • the types of works you want to do (renovations/a new house/two or more houses/a new cafe)
  • where the property is located (what zone it's in)
  • how big the property is
  • whether the property is in an area that may possibly flood (is it in a land subject to inundation overlay?)
  • whether your property is adjacent to a major road
  • whether your property is in an area where heritage controls apply
  • if you're wanting to run a business from home
  • if you want to subdivide land.

If you want to do some research, the VicPlan website is a great resource. It allows you to look up your property and find out how it fits into local planning requirements.

If you want information confirmed in writing, you can apply for written advice.

Doing my homework

When turning your ideas into reality consider the following:

When preparing to lodge your application:

I want to seek pre-application advice

The purpose of a planning permit pre-application meeting is to discuss complex applications with planning officers before you submit your application.

Please note in person pre-application meetings are currently not being offered. We will start in person meetings again soon. In the meantime, you can contact the planning officer on duty on 5320 5107

During the meeting, we’ll work with you to identify potential design issues and confirm any additional information we’ll need to process your application.

Please email your proposal, plans and any accompanying documents to and we will be in contact to book a meeting time.

Alternatively, you can speak to a planning officer for advice on your project by calling 03 5320 5500.

Pre-application Meetings Information Sheet

I want to seek written advice as to whether a planning permit is required

Request written advice when you need to clarify whether a planning permit is required for your project.

Before applying, you'll need to ensure you have the following information:

Apply for written advice


I want to request a copy of a planning permit or endorsed plans

To get copies of existing planning permits or endorsed plans, you'll need to applyBefore applying, you will need to have the following information:

  • property address
  • planning permit reference number
  • the cost is outlined in our fee schedule.

Request copy of planning permit

Planning fees

The cost of an application depends on what you're planning. The factors that influence your fee include:

  • the type of permit (planning, subdivision, covenant removal)
  • the cost of the development
  • in some cases, the type of property (single dwelling or multi-dwelling)

A full list of planning related fees can be found in our fee schedule.