Make an objection

To object to a Planning Permit application with us, your objection must:

  • be in writing
  • include your full name, address, phone number and email address
  • explain why you are objecting
  • explain how granting the permit will badly affect you.

You can include suggested changes to the permit that address your concerns.

Objections are public documents. The permit applicant and other people who objected (objectors) can view them during the application process.

Use our online form to object to a Planning Permit application. 

Lodge an objection

Or you can:

  • complete the objection form below and submit it via email to [email protected], post or in person to our council offices
  • email the Statutory Planning team at [email protected] with your concerns
  • post a letter to us with your concerns at City of Boroondara, The Statutory Planning Department, Private Bag No. 1, Camberwell, VIC 3124.

Download Planning Permit application objection form

When to object

We recommend you submit your objection within 14 days of when we give notice of a planning application (advertise).

We often need more than 14 days to consider any objections and make a decision. 

This means you may have more time to object. 

Contact us to find out when we are likely to make a decision: 

Some Planning Permit applications are not advertised and there is no opportunity to object. This includes VicSmart applications and applications to subdivide land. 

Find applications that don't require notice and review in the Boroondara Planning Scheme.

View objections

You can view objections submitted for current applications at the Planning counter at our council office.

The Planning counter is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell.

Making our decision

We must consider all objections received up until we make our decision about the application.

We inform the permit applicant and any objectors of our decision in writing. 

If we do not support the application, we issue a notice of refusal.

If we approve the application, we issue a notice of decision to grant a Planning Permit. 

A notice of decision is not a Planning Permit. The notice states the conditions that we will apply to the permit if it is issued.

Appeal a notice of decision

Objectors have 28 days from our decision to submit an appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

The Planning Permit applicant can also appeal conditions in the notice of decision. The applicant must submit their appeal within 60 days of our decision.

If no appeal is submitted to VCAT, we will issue the Planning Permit 28 days after our decision.

Learn about participating as an objector in VCAT appeals

Find out more about appealing decisions to VCAT

More information

For more information contact our Statutory Planning team at [email protected] or on (03) 9278 4888.


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