The Planning Team encourages all applicants to submit preliminary plans and seek pre-application advice before lodging an application for a planning permit. A planning officer will provide advice on the suitability of the application and will identify any concerns or issues with the proposal early in the process, which will avoid lengthy delays during the application.
The pre-application advice does not guarantee that a planning permit will be issued. A full assessment of the proposal will be carried out during the application process. This may identify further issues, including those raised by any neighbouring property owners/occupiers during the advertising process.
Requests for pre-application advice can be made at this link. A written response to a pre-application request generally takes 10 to 15 business days, depending on the complexity of the enquiry.
What you will need for a preliminary assessment:
All preliminary assessments must include a recent certificate of title (less than 90 days old) which can be obtained from https://www.landata.vic.gov.au/
Development applications (residential, industrial, commercial etc.)
- A neighbourhood and site description plan (site analysis) showing existing buildings on site and location of buildings on at least the adjoining properties (including habitable room windows and private open space areas where applicable)
- Site/floor plans showing building footprint, setbacks, property boundaries etc
- Elevation plans
- If the land is subject to a heritage overlay, a materials and colours schedule
Change of use applications:
For new businesses or change of use or licensed premises, a written statement is required that includes:
- the nature of the use
- hours of operation
- number of staff
- likely effects on the amenity of the neighbourhood
- car parking provision and on site and surrounding uses
It is helpful if you give us as much information as you can so that we can give you the best advice possible.