Fees are involved in requesting and processing a planning scheme amendment. These are set by the Planning and Environment (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2016 and are adjusted annually.

For fee information, see Fees under the Planning and Environment Act.

Any amendment requests submitted without the correct fee cannot be accepted and processed. All fees need to be paid at the beginning of each stage.

Amendment fees

Stage

Stage of amendment

Fee (exempt from GST)

Paid to

1.

For:
a) considering a request to amend a planning scheme; and
b) taking action required by Division 1 of Part 3 of the Act; and
c) considering any submissions which do not seek a change to the amendment; and
d) if applicable, abandoning the amendment.

$2,976.70
(206 fee units)

Council by the person requesting an amendment, at the time of making the request.

2.

For:
a) considering

 

Council by the person who requested the amendment, before Council considers the submissions.

 

(i) up to and including 10 submissions which seek a change to an amendment and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; or

$14,753.50
(1021 fee units)

 

(ii) 11 to (and including) 20 submissions which seek a change to an amendment and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; or

$29,478.00 
(2040 fee units)

 

(iii) submissions that exceed 20 submissions which seek a change to an amendment, and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; and

$39,405.20 
(2727 fee units)

 

b) providing assistance to a panel in accordance with section 158 of the Act; and
c) making a submission to a panel appointed under Part 8 of the Act at a hearing referred to in section 24(b) of the Act; and
d) considering the panel's report in accordance with section 27 of the Act; and
e) after considering submissions and the panel's report, abandoning the amendment.

 

3.

For:
a) adopting the amendment or part of the amendment in accordance with section 29 of the Act; and
b) submitting the amendment for approval by the Minister in accordance with section 31 of the Act; and
c) giving the notice of the approval of the amendment required by section 36(2) of the Act.

$469.60
(32.5 fee units)

if the Minister is not the planning authority or nil fee if the Minister is the planning authority.

Council by the person who requested the amendment, before Council adopts the amendment.

4.

For:
a) consideration by the Minister of a request to approve the amendment in accordance with section 35 of the Act; and
b) giving notice of approval of the amendment in accordance with section 36(1) of the Act.

$469.60
(32.5 fee units)

if the Minister is not the planning authority or nil fee if the Minister is the planning authority.

Minister for Planning

Planning panel fees

If an independent panel is required to hear submissions as a result of unresolved objections (submissions) to the amendment, Council passes the costs and expenses incurred for or by a panel to carrying out its functions in line with Section 156 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to the authority that submitted the request. Council requires this authority to sign an agreement as part of their initial application that they will cover these costs should a panel be required.

The cost of the panel depends on the number of days it sits and the number of panel members appointed. The fees for the panel process are set by Planning Panels Victoria, not by Council.

Combined Planning Permit application and planning scheme amendment

The fee requirements for a Planning Permit combined with a request for amendment of a planning scheme, made in accordance with section 96A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 are set out in regulation 14 of the Planning and Environment Act (Fees) Regulations 2016:

The fee is the sum of the highest of the fees which would have applied if separate applications were made and 50 per cent of each of the other fees which would have applied if separate applications were made.