Planning Permits For New Homes

A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission for a use or development on a particular piece of land. Any of the following conditions may trigger the requirement of a planning permit

  • Your site area is less than 300 sqm and the schedule of your Responsible Authority’s residential planning scheme states that a planning permit is required for lots less than 300sqm.
  • Your site area is less than 500 sqm and the schedule of your Responsible Authority’s residential planning scheme states that a planning permit is required for lots less than 500sqm.
  • Your site is within a Heritage Overlay, a Special Building Overlay, a Land Subject to Inundation Overlay, a Vegetation Overlay, a Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay, a land erosion overlay or other overlays
  • If you intend to do works to an existing vehicle crossover or create a new vehicle crossover on land abutting a Road Zone Category 1
  • If there is a section 173 agreement on your land that states that you need to apply for a planning permit
  • If the planning scheme states that you require a planning permit

Your proposal must conform with the requirements of the planning scheme and the planning permit application set will include application form, application fee, current certificate of title, architectural drawings, photographs, reports, and any other information deemed necessary by Council so that an assessment of the application can be made.

If council deems that your application may be detrimental to neighbours then they may instruct that you publicly advertise to neighbouring owners and occupiers including on site advertising for a period of not less than 14 days.

The council officer looking after the application will make an assessment of the proposal against all relevant planning policies taking into account any relevant planning objections and will make a determination as to whether to issue a permit, refuse a permit or issue a notice of decision to grant a permit where there are objections.

It is important not to confuse planning permits with building permits. Building permits relate to the method of construction of a building or development.  Once you have a planning permit you still need to get a building permit.