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What is a Planning Permit?
A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission to develop or subdivide land. Planning Permit applications are assessed under the provisions of the Moorabool Planning Scheme.
Moorabool's planning scheme sets out requirements and policies for land use. It is a legal document, binding on all parties and enforceable by law. Each municipality in Victoria is covered by a planning scheme, approved by the Minister for Planning. It is made in line with regulations under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
The purpose of a planning scheme is to:
- Provide a clear and consistent framework within which decisions about the use and development of land can be made;
- To express state, regional and community expectations for areas and for land use;
- To provide for the implementation of state and local policies affecting land use and development.
Do I need a Planning Permit?
Whether you need a planning permit or not will depend on factors including:
- The zone in which your land is located;
- The schedule to the zone as applicable;
- Whether any overlays apply to your land or if the development or use is subject to any 'Particular Provisions' in the Planning Scheme.
Many types of use and development require a planning permit, including (but not limited to):
- Building a house or a shed;
- Establishing a business (including working from home);
- Industrial or commercial development;
- Subdividing land;
- Building a dam or other excavations;
- Licensed premises;
- Advertising signage;
- Clearing or lopping of native vegetation;
- Keeping animals;
- Reduction in car parking requirements.
How do I find out what planning controls affect my property?
Download a free report from DELWP (the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) with information on overlay controls affecting your property, and relevant water and power authorities. These reports provide links to the relevant sections of the Moorabool Planning Scheme. Contact Council to check if any other planning controls apply to your application.
There is more information in the Moorabool Planning Scheme.
Information on Planning Controls(DOC, 45KB) will provide advice on when planning permits are required.
Other Statutory Approvals
As well as requiring a planning permit from Council, you may also require approval for your proposal under other legislation. Examples include:
- Building Permit - Building permits are required for most works such as a new building, extensions, alterations or change of use of an existing building.
- Liquor Licence - Liquor Licenses are required for the sale and/or consumption of alcohol from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.
- Septic Tank Permit - Permits must be obtained from Council's Environmental Health Department for septic tanks where reticulated sewerage is not available.
- Local Laws Permits - Current Local Laws can be viewed here(PDF, 7MB). If you need more information, please contact Council's Community Safety Department for more information.
- Crown Land - Approval is required from the State Government for use or development of Crown Land.
- Vehicle Crossing Permit - Approval is required to construct new crossovers access to a public road to both urban and rural roads.
These are just some examples of approvals which may be required and you are encouraged to discuss your proposal with the relevant Council department and/or external agency early in the process.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is an independent tribunal which hears and decides on applications by permit applicants, objectors and others in an informal and expeditious manner upon their merits. It permits a broad range of people whose interests are affected by a decision to participate in a hearing.
The Planning and Environment List hears and determines:
- Applications to review decisions made by Municipal Councils and other authorities under a number of Acts of Parliament;
- Applications for enforcement orders;
- Applications to cancel or amend permits;
- Applications for declarations relating to the use and/or development of land under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Once Council makes a decision on an application, a review by VCAT can be applied for by the permit applicant against conditions of a permit or a refusal to grant a permit, or by an objector against a Notice of Decision to grant a permit.
Please refer to the VCAT website for further information.
Address: 55 King Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
GPO Box 5408, Melbourne 3001
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a building permit and a planning permit?
A planning permit does not remove the need to obtain a building permit. Building permits relate specifically to the carrying out of building construction, where as planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development. Go to Council’s page to make a planning permit application.
How can I view a planning application or obtain a copy of a permit/plans?
At the Greenlight ‘search application’ page enter the application no. as a continuous seven digit number i.e. ‘YYYY###’ and hit the ‘search’ button. Only enter an address if you don’t have the PA number. Click on the PA number to view all public documents associated with the application.
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