Under State Government regulation, if Council has not made a decision within 60 statutory days, you can make an application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and have the matter heard there. The 60 day timeframe will begin again if:
- further information is required, the timeframe will begin again once the information is received, or
The timeframe may also stop during the advertising period if it is required.
Some types of planning applications for minor works may be eligible for consideration as a VicSmart Planning Application, which requires Council to decide the application within 10 business days. Further information on VicSmart applications can be found on the VicSmart Applications page.
It is common for multi-dwelling applications to take three to four months to decide. If an appeal is lodged against the decision, the final decision will take considerably longer, possibly six to seven months.
Council is mindful that you are often under time and financial pressures. To assist Council in deciding your application as quickly as possible, it’s important that you submit all required information when lodging your application, and adopt any pre-application advice you may have received from Council.