Apply for a Planning Permit, if needed

If you have determined that you need to apply for a Planning Permit:

  1. Provide a clear copy of your Certificate of Title, including the lot plan. You can get this from the Landata website. The Certificate of Title must be no more than 28 days old.
  2. Write a cover letter explaining your proposal.
  3. Provide a plan drawn to scale (1:100 or 1:200) with full dimensions, as well as an A3-sized set. The plan must show the site, floor layout and elevations.
  4. Check whether your application is eligible to be fast-tracked under VicSmart.
  5. Complete the Application for a Planning Permit.
    • If you need a permit to demolish part of a building, the Planning Permit application you submit can be for both the demolition and the extension or alteration.
    • You need to submit application documents and plans in both hard copy and digital format.
    • If the cost of your works is greater than $1,029,000, the State Revenue Office (SRO) requires that you pay a Metropolitan Planning Levy. After you have paid the levy, the SRO will issue a certificate. You need to include this certificate in your Planning Permit application.
  6. Lodge the form, application fee and supporting documents with Council.
  7. Go to the next step to see whether you need a Building Permit.