Understanding the difference between planning and building can help you apply for the correct permits for your development project.


Planning considers the way land is used and developed, and how this impacts the character and amenity (liveability) of an area.

The Boroondara Planning Scheme, approved by the Victorian Government, outlines objectives, policies and controls for the use, development and protection of land.

A Planning Permit is a legal document that gives you permission to use or develop land in a certain way. It usually includes conditions and approved plans which must be complied with. Council is responsible for deciding on Planning Permit applications in Boroondara unless the Minister for Planning appoints himself or herself as responsible authority.

If you know you're ready to apply, you can apply for a Planning Permit.

If you're not sure whether you need a Planning Permit, you can browse the type of development you are proposing to find the information, or contact the Statutory Planning Department: email Statutory Planning or call 9278 4888.

Straightforward, low-impact Planning Permit applications may be eligible for a VicSmart fast-track planning permit. Find out if you are eligible to fast-track your Planning Permit application.


Building is concerned with safe construction practices, and considers whether the construction work conforms to building regulations, the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian standards.

A Building Permit is a legal document, issued before construction commences, to ensure the building meets the minimum requirements for the health, safety and amenity of occupants and the public.

Building Permits can be issued by Council or a Private Building Surveyor.

If you know you're ready to apply, you can apply for a Building Permit.

If you're not sure whether you need a Building Permit, you can browse the type of development you are planning to build.

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