Planning permits

The Moorabool Planning Scheme defines whether a planning permit is needed but it is sometimes tricky to work out yourself. Talking to a Planner at our Darley Office or over the phone (03 5366 7100) is the quickest and easiest way to confirm. If you already talked to a Planner and need a written confirmation, you can get this letter here.

Your builder, building surveyor or bank may also ask for this, and it can be be useful when buying or selling a property and intend to start a new use or construct a new building.

The fee for this service is $96 and usually takes up to 10 days.

Council does not issue letters confirming whether existing uses or developments are permitted. You can search our planning register online to see if a planning permit has been issued for a property.

Email and Post

Step 1.Define what you want to do and where

We need to know:

  • The address of the land.
  • What you want to do (the use).
  • What you want to build (the development).
  • Any vegetation you want to remove.
  • The current use and development.

Step 2.Prepare the documents

We need to see:

Step 3.Apply

Download and complete an application form(DOCX, 351KB) and send it to us via email or post. Once received we will call you to request payment via credit card.


Post: PO Box 18, Ballan Victoria 3342


What happens next?

We will send a written response within 10 business days to your email address, or via post if requested. This letter will confirm if you need a planning permit for your proposed use and/or development.

Do I need a permit for a farm shed?

Depending on the location and size, a farm shed may need a permit.

Do I need a permit to renovate my house?

Most of the time, you do not need a permit to renovate inside your house. You may need a permit to extend or if you have a septic system.

Do I need a permit to remove, destroy or lop trees?

In most cases, yes. There are exemptions which apply in some cases, so contact Planning to discuss first.