Apply for a Planning Permit, if needed

If you have determined that you need a Planning Permit for your project:

  1. Provide a clear copy of your Certificate of Title, including the lot plan. You can get this from the Landata website. The Certificate of Title must be no more than 28 days' old.
  2. Write a cover letter explaining your proposal.
  3. Prepare a plan drawn to scale (1:100 or 1:200) with full dimensions. The plan must show the site, floor layout and elevations.
  4. Check whether your application is eligible to be fast-tracked under VicSmart.
  5. Complete the Planning Permit application form and lodge the form, fee and supporting documents with Council. 
    To download the form and submit the application, see Apply for a Planning Permit.
    • If you need a permit to demolish a building, the Planning Permit application you submit can be for both the demolition of the existing building and the construction of the new building.
    • If the cost of your works is greater than $1,076,000, the State Revenue Office (SRO) requires that you pay a Metropolitan Planning Levy. After you have paid the levy, the SRO will issue a certificate. You need to include this certificate in your Planning Permit application.
  6. Go to the next step.

Application fees

For non-VicSmart applications:

Cost of developmentFee
$10,000 or less$199.90
$10,001 to $100,000$629.40
$100,001 to $500,000$1288.50
$500,001 to $1,000,000$1392.10
$1,000,0001 to $2,000,000$1496.80

For VicSmart applications:

Cost of developmentFee
$10,000 or less$199.90
More than $10,000$429.50