To build a multi-unit development you need:
- a Planning Permit
- a Building Permit
- an Occupancy Permit for each unit.
A multi-unit development is building more than one residence on a lot and includes:
- apartment buildings
- terrace houses
If you're not sure whether your project is a multi-unit development, call Statutory Planning on (03) 9278 4888.
Step 1: Prepare your plans
Hire a qualified professional, such as an architect or draftsperson, to design the plans.
The plans need to meet the standards below in the Boroondara Planning Scheme.
They need to include:
- the location of easements on the site, such as drains and sewer pipes
- any significant or canopy trees on the property or street, and how they'll be protected during construction
- any restrictive covenants
- any stormwater drains.
We recommend you book a meeting with us before you apply for a Planning Permit. We can help you with your application and let you know if there are any issues with it.
Find out how to book a pre-application meeting.
Step 2: Apply for a Planning Permit
To find out how to apply and how we assess your application, visit our Apply for a Planning Permit page.
Step 3: Apply for a Building Permit
You can apply for a Building Permit while we assess your Planning Permit.
To find out how to apply, visit our apply for a Building Permit page.
Expect it to take up to 10 business days for us to assess your Building Permit application.
Step 4: Start construction
You can start construction once we've approved your permits.
Step 5: Apply for an Occupancy Permit
Download and complete the Occupancy Permit application form below.
Submit your application to the relevant Building Surveyor. This is either Council's municipal building surveyor or a private building surveyor.
Residents can't move in until you have an approved Occupancy Permit.
Download Occupancy Permit form
If you want to subdivide the land into individual titles, you need to hire a land surveyor.
Find out more about subdivision on our Subdividing and consolidating land page.
We assess your Planning Permit application against the clauses below in the Boroondara Planning Scheme.
|Clause 22.05||Neighbourhood Character Policy|
|Clause 55.00||Two or more dwellings on a lot and residential buildings|
|Clause 55.01||Neighbourhood and site description and design response|
|Clause 55.02||Neighbourhood character and infrastructure|
|Clause 55.03||Site layout and building massing|
|Clause 55.04||Amenity impacts|
|Clause 55.05||On-site amenity and facilities|
|Clause 55.06||Detailed design|
|Clause 55.07||Apartment developments|
|Clause 58.00||Apartment developments|
Buildings need to be accessible to all people.
Your plans need to meet accessibility regulations in:
The Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria provide advice about designing safe, accessible and useful spaces. Learn more about the Urban Design Guidelines on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
The Better Apartments Design Standards set out how apartment design can provide functional places to live. Learn more about the Better Apartments Design Standards on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
For more information about Planning Permits call our Statutory Planning team on (03) 9278 4888.
For more information about Building Permits call our Building Services team (03) 9278 4999.
For general planning and building inquiries email [email protected].