If you believe you will be adversely affected by the granting of a Planning Permit, you can lodge a formal objection with Council.
The objection must:
- be in writing and provide your full name, address, phone number and email address
- state the grounds for your objection
- state how you will be affected by the granting of the permit.
As part of your objection, you may include suggestions for changes to the application that address some or all of your concerns.
Submitting the objection
You can submit your objection using an online form.
Alternatively, you can:
- complete and submit the Objection to a Planning Permit application form, or
- write a letter to Council's Statutory Planning Department detailing your concerns and send by mail, email or in person to Council offices.
Timeframe for submitting the objection
Every objection must be considered before an application for Planning Permit is decided. When a Planning Permit application is advertised, the Notice of Application (Public Notice) advises that Council will not make a decision for at least 14 days from the date at the bottom of the notice. If you lodge your objection within this time you can be guaranteed it will be considered. The reality is that most applications are not determined immediately after the 14 days specified in the notice and there will be additional time to lodge an objection. Planning Permit applications exempt from notice. Please contact the Statutory Planning Department if you wish to know when a Planning Permit application is likely to be decided.
Planning Permit applications exempt from notice
Some Planning Permit applications are exempt from notice and appeal rights, as outlined in the Boroondara Planning Scheme. These applications are not advertised and there is no opportunity to object.
Viewing objections to a Planning Permit application
Council must make all objections available for inspection free of charge to any person during normal office hours.
Copies can also be provided to interested parties for the sole purpose of allowing consideration and review as part of the planning process under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Planning Permit application decision after receiving objections
Council must consider all objections received up until the time we make our decision.
When Council makes a decision on the Planning Permit application, all parties involved with the application are notified of that decision in writing.
The application may be either approved or refused.
- If objections are received for an approved application, Council must issue a Notice of Decision to grant a Planning Permit. A Notice of Decision is not a Planning Permit. The notice sets out the conditions that Council intends to apply to the permit should it be issued.
- If Council refuses to grant a Planning Permit, a Notice of Refusal is given to the applicant and all objectors.
Learn more about appealing Council decisions to VCAT.
For help with Planning Permit applications, contact Statutory Planning on 9278 4888 or email Statutory Planning.