Before you begin the Planning Permit application process, follow the steps below to gather the right information.

Step 1: Do your homework

  • Research any planning policies or guidelines that may apply to your proposed development or site. See do I need a permit? for more details.
  • Check whether your proposal meets the requirements of these policies.
  • Consider engaging a design professional and/or planning consultant, particularly if your proposal is large or complex.

Step 2: Conduct a site analysis

  • Take photographs of the site and surrounding area, including neighbouring properties. What are the opportunities presented by the site? What are the constraints?
  • At this early stage, talk to adjoining property owners to find out what they value about their property and why.
  • You may need to engage a surveyor to record the exact dimensions, slope and conditions of the site and the surrounding area.
  • Prepare a site description if required, to illustrate the characteristics of the site and surrounding area.

Step 3: Prepare sketch plans

  • Prepare sketch plans of your proposal, taking into consideration the opportunities and constraints identified by your site analysis.
  • At this stage of your planning, it is also important to consider the integration of landscaping into your proposed development.
  • Prepare a design response if required, outlining how your preliminary design has responded to the site and surrounding area.

Step 4: Organise a pre-application meeting

Our Planning Department offers a free pre-application service in which prospective applicants can book a 45 minute meeting with Council's Planning Liaison Officer. See contact details below.

We can let you know if you are on the right track, and discuss any potential issues or areas of concern with you. We can also confirm the relevant Council policies that you will need to consider when preparing your application.

Note that the pre-application advice does not pre-empt the assessment or consideration of any planning application lodged with Council. It is preliminary advice only.

Step 5: Talk to your neighbours

You may wish to talk to your neighbours before finalising your plans. If they are unhappy with an aspect of your proposal, you may be able to reach a compromise before lodging your planning application.

Being up-front from the start will reduce the potential for conflict later on. If there are no objections to what you are proposing, it is likely that Council will take less time to process your application.

Step 6: Review and finalise your plans

  • Weigh up the feedback received from Council and your neighbours. Review your plans and incorporate any suggested changes that you think are reasonable.
  • Finalise your plans and any written material, including your neighbourhood and site description and design response.

Now you're ready to prepare your Planning Permit application.

Further information

For more information or to organise a pre-application meeting, contact Statutory Planning on email Statutory Planning or 9278 4888.

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