A planning permit is a legal document giving permission to develop or use a piece of land for a specific purpose. A permit may also contain written conditions and endorsed plans showing the proposed development or use of land.
To obtain a permit, an application is made to Council and it is assessed to ensure that the provisions of the Planning Scheme are met. Council’s planning department provides information and advice about the Strathbogie Planning Scheme, and processes and coordinates planning proposals for consideration.
Before Making a Planning Application
If you propose to use or develop land or change the existing use of a property, you should discuss your proposal in detail with a member of the planning team. Early discussion will confirm whether permits are necessary and, if so, what kind of permits may be required.
Planning Application Forms
The planning permit process
The planning permit application process is regulated by the Planning and Environment Act 1987. It involves various steps, depending on the nature and complexity of the development. It can also involve various stakeholders, including local authorities such as the Catchment Management Authority, the CFA and VicRoads as well as nearby residents.
These are the key steps in the planning permit application process:
- Determine whether a planning permit is required
Contact Council's Planning Department to determine whether a planning permit is required for the use or development you want to do. Even a building project that seems minor could need a planning permit, so it's always wise to check with Council before you start any works, demolition or vegetation removal or lopping!
- Apply for a planning permit
This involves providing certain information to Council, including an application form, fee, copy of Title, plans and other supporting documentation.
Click here for further information about the planning permit process
Once you have lodged your planning permit application, you will receive a letter from Council to tell you which Council Officer is dealing with your application.
- Futher Information
The Council Officer will determine if any additional information is required as part of the application. If additional information is required, you will be sent a letter outlining the outstanding requirements and given a timeframe (usually 28 days) in which to provide the required information.
The Council Officer will determine if the application needs to be referred to local authorities, such as the Catchment Management Authority, the CFA and VicRoads. The advice provided by the referral authority has to be considered by Council in making a final decision on the application. The permit applicant will automatically be sent a copy of any referral advice given.
The Council Officer will also determine whether any internal referrals need to be undertaken. For instance, from the Assets team if a new crossover or driveway is proposed, or the Environmental Health team if a residential development is proposed on un-sewered land.
- Public Notification (advertising)
The Council Officer will determine if the application needs to be put on public notification (sometimes called advertising).
If the application needs to be put on public notification, Council will contact you to arrange for the payment of an administrative fee. You may also be required to display a sign on the site for 14 days. Letters will be sent by Council to nearby affected property owners.
Anyone who is affected by the application may view a copy of the application, and lodge an objection in writing with Council.
An objection form is available here.
If objections are received, Council will provide you with a copy. Sometimes, objectors concerns can be addressed through negotiations between Council, the permit applicant and objector/s. If all concerns are addressed an objection can be withdrawn.
If no objections are received, the Council Officer will make a decision on the application and either issue a planning permit or a Notice of Decision to Refuse a planning permit. You will receive a copy of the decision in the mail.
If an objection is received, the Council Officer will make a recommendation to the Planning Committee Meeting who will make a decision on the application.
The Planning Committee is made up of all Councilors and is held twice a month. More information on the Planning Committee is available here.
The Planning Committee may determine to issue a Notice of Decision to Grant a planning permit or a Notice of Decision to refuse a planning permit. The permit application and all objectors will receive a copy of the decision in the mail.
- Review of the decision
Objectors have 21 days from the granting of a Notice of Decision to Grant a planning permit in which to appeal the decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), if they are aggrieved by Council's decision.
The permit applicant has 60 days from the granting of a Planning Permit in which to appeal any conditions of the permit to VCAT, if they are aggrieved by any of the conditions. In the event that a Notice of Decisions to Refuse a planning permit is issued, the permit applicant has 60 days in which to appeal that decision to VCAT.
More information regarding VCAT can be found here
- Amending a planning permit
If you need to change an approved development, inlcuding what is shown on the endorsed plans or what is allowed by conditions on the permit, you can apply to amend the permit. More information about this process is available here
More information about the planning permit application process can be obtained from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's website: http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/planning/planning-applications