An Overview of Victoria’s Planning Permit Process for Architectural Design and How Can GHP Help You

26 May 2021

A planning permit is a legal document that allows a certain use and development on land. It normally contains a written document with conditions that must be met and a set of plans. Most applications for a planning permit will be made to the local council, but some are made to the Minister for Planning. There are two application processes: the standard permit application process described below and the VicSmart process.

What is a Planning Permit?

A planning permit is not a building permit. Building permits relate to the method of construction of a building or development. You may need to obtain both a building permit and a planning permit.

Victoria’s Planning Permit Process

Before making an application find out first about the planning scheme. Decide on what a detailed outline and talk to the council planner. Afterwards, talk to the neighbours and consider getting professional advice.

Which Documentations Should You Prepare?

You must prepare and submit the necessary application documentation for your planning permit. This includes the application information, application form, and the application fees. Afterwards, the council checks the application for more information and referral.

Application is then advertised for at least 14 days usually by letter to neighbours and a sign on-site. The people affected may object. The council first assesses the application and proceeds to considers any objections. The council may holds mediation meeting if needed, considers any referral comments, assesses planning scheme provisions, negotiates with permit applicant and prepares the report.

Application Decision

Once the council decides the application, they may issue either: a permit with conditions, a notice of decision with conditions, or a refusal. You can apply for a review from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal if any of the following conditions are met: it is applied by the permit applicant against conditions of refusal, by an objector against notice of decision.

The relevant department office can give you more information or advice if the Minister for Planning is the responsible authority. Planning practice notes have been prepared which relate to some types of permit proposals such as applications in rural zones, where flood provisions apply and for dwellings in residential zones.

How Can Greenway Hirst Page (GHP) Pty Ltd Help You?

GHP has an impeccable track record with a reputation for quality and professionalism. Our experience and expertise in Town and Regional Planning, Project Management and Heritage Services add strength and depth to the practice keeping it and our clients ahead of the rest. Our project teams contain a balance of innovation and experience dedicated to delivering quality designs and service at all times. GHP offers our personnel the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the client brief and are totally committed to continued improvement and professional development at all levels.


Victoria State Government Environment, Land, Water, and Planning. (2019, December 09). Planning permit process. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from Planning.Vic.Gov:


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