Overview and First Steps
Before you make a planning application to council, there are a number of steps to follow. You can also get an overview of the application process itself.
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Find out if a planning permit is required and make sure that what you want to do is not prohibited. If a permit is required, get a copy of the planning scheme provisions that council will use to assess the application. Ask the planner whether the council is likely to support the proposal.
Talk to your neighbours so you are aware of their concerns. Taking the time to talk to them prior to lodging an application may allow you to consider and address any concerns they may have with the plans. Most people appreciate the opportunity to discuss plans before the formal notice process commences.
Consider getting professional advice. Planning assessment and decision-making are sophisticated processes that involve concepts such as respecting neighbourhood character, achieving good urban design outcomes and protecting reasonable amenity. Getting the right professional advice at the beginning will help develop your ideas so you meet council’s expectations and your objectives.
The diagram on page 7 of Planning: a Short Guide sets out the steps to follow in applying for a planning permit.Planning: a Short Guide (PDF - 669 KB)
Planning: a Short Guide accessible version (DOC - 384 KB)
More details about the process are available in Preparing an Application
Detailed information about the permit process is available in Chapter 3 of Using Victoria's Planning System.