Some Planning Permit applications can be fast-tracked via VicSmart.

VicSmart is a streamlined process for straight forward applications. It may also reduce your application fee.

VicSmart applications are processed within 10 days.

Check if you are eligible

You may be eligible to apply via VicSmart if your land is affected by any of these zones and overlays:

  • Residential Zone (if associated with one dwelling)
  • Environmental Significance Overlay
  • Significant Landscape Overlay
  • Heritage Overlay
  • Design and Development Overlay (including Design and Development Overlay Schedule 31)
  • Special Building Overlay.

To check your zones and overlays get a property report from VicPlan.

There are further eligibility requirements and conditions for each of these zone and overlays.

For more information download the applicant's guide from the VicSmart website.

Developing on smaller lots

If you are developing on a smaller lot (less than 500 m2), your property must meet requirements from the Boroondara Planning Scheme to be assessed via VicSmart.

Your development must:

  • meet the minimum garden area requirement of Clause 32.09-4
  • not exceed a building height of 5 m
  • not be visible from the street.

It must also meet Clause 54 requirements.

  • A15 Overlooking
  • A14 Overshadowing open space
  • A13 North-facing windows
  • A12 Daylight to existing windows
  • A11 Walls on boundaries
  • A10 Side and rear setbacks.

Find out about developing on smaller lots.

Apply for a Planning Permit via VicSmart

  1. Visit VicSmart and download a checklist of what you need to apply.
  2. Download and complete the application form below.
  3. Email the form and supporting documents to [email protected].
  4. Include in the subject line 'for the attention of the Statutory Planning Department'.

If you are not able to submit your application by email, you can submit it in person or by post to:

The City of Boroondara
C/- The Statutory Planning Department
8 Inglesby Road

Pay the fee

You must pay the application fee that has been set by the Victorian Government.

For a list of fees visit Victoria State Government planning and subdivision fees.

Pay the VicSmart application fee.

The assessment process

We assess your application against the Planning Scheme criteria.

You may be asked for more information within 5 business days of us receiving your application.

You will be notified within 10 business days of our decision. You can appeal this decision if you do not agree.

For more information about how we make decisions or the appeal process, visit our Apply for Planning Permit page.

More information

For more information about the process visit the VicSmart website.

For planning controls in Boroondara check the Boroondara Planning Scheme.

Call us on (03) 9278 4888 or email [email protected].

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