You need a Planning Permit to:
- start a new development
- use land in a specific way
- complete building works if your property is in certain overlays and zones.
A Planning Permit is a legal document. It checks that your plans comply with our Boroondara Planning Scheme.
Some applications can be fast-tracked under VicSmart. Check if you are eligible for VicSmart.
- Your Certificate of Title, no more than 28 days' old (get this from the Landata website)
- A cover letter that explains your plans
- A design response or explanation of the proposed use
- A copy of your plans drawn to scale.
You may need to include a neighbourhood and site description. Check the Planning Scheme to find specific requirements for zones and overlays that affect your works.
If your plans use land for business purposes (commercial or from home), you must provide:
- a description of the business
- the opening hours
- the number of staff required.
Include a landscape plan if your plans are for a:
- multi-unit development
- mixed use development
- larger non-residential development.
Metropolitan Planning Levy
You may need to pay the Metropolitan Planning Levy.
If the estimated cost of your development is more than the levy threshold:
- pay the levy to the State Revenue Office
- submit the levy certificate with your application.
The levy is $1.30 for every $1,000 of the estimated cost of the development.
The levy threshold for 2022 – 2023 is $1,133,000.
For more information, visit the State Revenue Office website.
- Download and complete the application form.
- Email your form and supporting documents to [email protected].
- Include in the subject line 'for the attention of the Statutory Planning Department'.
Download application form and fees
Any supporting documents must be:
- in PDF format
- not password-protected
- labelled with the property address so we can identify them.
If your email and attachments is more than 20 MB, you can save them to a USB stick or CD and submit them in person or by post to:
The City of Boroondara
C/- The Statutory Planning Department
8 Inglesby Road
CAMBERWELL VIC 3124
Pay the fee
You must pay an application fee as set by the Victorian Government.
For a list of fees:
- visit Victoria State Government planning and subdivision fees
- download the statutory planning fee schedule.
Pay the Planning Permit application fee when you submit your application.
Amend your application
You can amend your application at any time during the process.
If you amend it after the notice period, you may have to give notice of your application again (see The notice period below).
We assess your application against:
- the Boroondara Planning Scheme
- the Planning and Environment Act 1987
- responses from relevant authorities
- community submissions.
After you submit your application we may ask you for more information. Your application will be put on hold during this time.
You must provide this information within 28 days of us receiving your application, or your application lapses.
We sometimes ask other authorities (such as Melbourne Water or VicRoads) for technical advice on your proposal. External authorities have 28 days to reply to Council.
We will let you know if you need to give notice of your application.
We require this if your plans could negatively affect your neighbours' use or enjoyment of their land.
During the notice period, neighbours and others affected by your proposal can object to a Planning Permit application.
The notice period takes at least 14 days. We must consider all submissions received up until a decision is made, even if this takes longer than 14 days.
We sometimes hold an informal meeting with you and:
- anyone who objects to your application
- the relevant Ward Councillor.
This helps us understand the issues raised and look for solutions.
We will either:
- approve your permit
- approve your permit with conditions
- issue a notice of decision to grant a permit
- refuse your permit
- defer our decision to the Urban Planning Delegated Committee.
When we defer our decision, those with an interest can address the Committee before they make a decision. This includes:
- the applicant
- anyone who objected
- relevant authorities.
If we approve your permit with conditions, you must amend your plans to meet these conditions:
- Download and complete the request to endorse amended plans form.
- Email your amended plans and form to [email protected].
If you don't agree with our decision you can lodge an appeal within 60 days.
Your appeal should be lodged to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Before starting your works, you may need a Building Permit.