Before you begin a new development project or commence land use you may need to apply for a Planning Permit.

A Planning Permit gives you permission to use or develop land in a certain way. It makes sure the work complies with the Boroondara Planning Scheme.

After a Planning Permit is granted, you may also need a Building Permit to carry out the work safely.

You can lodge applications for a Planning Permit and Building Permit at the same time, but the Building Permit application can only be processed once the Planning Permit is granted.

Certain applications are eligible to be fast-tracked under VicSmart.


See Victoria State Government planning and subdivision fees or download the Statutory Planning Fee Schedule.

When do I need a Planning Permit?

If you are unsure whether you need a Planning Permit for your project, see do I need a permit?

Are you looking to start or change a business?

Our Business Support Service can advise and guide you through the permit process.

Stage 1: Before you apply

The amount of detail you need to provide in a Planning Permit application will vary, depending on the planning controls applying to your land and the complexity of the project.

To help you understand what you need to prepare, read our advice on gathering information for your application, including how to book a pre-application meeting:

Before you apply for a Planning Permit

As of 30 July 2018, the Planning and Building counter has introduced paperless services. When arranging a pre-application meeting, please provide your plans in electronic format at least three days before the meeting.

Stage 2: Prepare your application

For all Planning Permit applications:

  1. Obtain a recent Certificate of Title from Landata. The certificate cannot be more than 28 days' old.
  2. Write a covering letter explaining your proposal.
  3. Provide a neighbourhood and site description, if required.
  4. Provide a design response or explanation of the proposed use. A design response is a plan that depicts how the proposed design responds to its context, including the opportunities and constraints of the site.
  5. Provide an electronic copy of plans drawn to scale.

    Plans should clearly identify existing and new buildings, floor levels and site levels, as well as any earthworks and vegetation removal. Include floor plans as well as elevations.

    For applications that include the use of land, information such as a description of the business, opening hours and the number of staff will be required.
  6. Complete the Planning Permit application form.

Metropolitan Planning Levy 2021 - 2022

The Metropolitan Planning Levy has been introduced by the State Government to accommodate Melbourne’s rapid growth.

You must pay the levy if you want to apply for a planning permit to develop land in metropolitan Melbourne where the estimated cost of the development is more than the levy threshold.

If the estimated development cost is more than the threshold, you cannot lodge your planning permit application without a current MPL certificate.

The levy is $1.30 for every $1000 of the estimated cost of the development and is payable to the State Revenue office.

The metropolitan planning levy threshold for 2022 – 2023 is $1,133,000.

Visit the State Revenue Office website for more information.

Stage 3: Lodge your application

Lodge the form and supporting documentation with Council.

Submit the application form and plans

We prefer that you submit the application in electronic format. 

Email the application form, plans and supporting documents to [email protected], marked for the attention of the Statutory Planning Department.

When you submit supporting documentation for a Planning Permit application electronically, make sure:

  • You save all files in PDF format.
  • The PDF isn't password-protected.
  •  Label all documents submitted by email so they can be clearly identified. Use the application number if applicable, otherwise provide the property address and a description of the information submitted.
  • The total size of the email and attachments should not exceed 20MB.

If the total file size becomes too large to email, you can submit the files on a USB stick or a CD by post to or in person. Address these submissions to:

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

Note that further correspondence from Council will be sent to the email address on your application form.

Pay the application fee

There is a fee for applying for a Planning Permit, as set by Victoria State Government regulations.

View fees for planning and subdivision.

For options on how to pay, see Pay building and planning fees.

Further information

For more information, contact Statutory Planning at (03) 9278 4888 or email the Statutory Planning Department at [email protected]

For queries related to fee regulations, contact the Victorian Government Contact Centre at [email protected] or on 1300 366 356.

Arrange a pre-application meeting before you apply for a Planning Permit.

Learn about the assessment process for Planning Permit applications.

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