Is a Permit Required?
The planning provisions within the Wellington Planning Scheme set out controls which determine whether a planning permit is required for particular uses and/or buildings and works on any given property. In order to determine whether you require a Planning Permit, firstly you will need to ascertain the zoning of your property and whether there are any applicable overlays affecting the subject site. You can obtain a free Planning Property Report from the Land Victoria website.
Once you have determined the zone and any overlays applicable to your land, you can contact Council to discuss planning permit requirements or to request written advice regarding whether a planning permit is required, this can be submitted using a Planning Advice Request Form (attached at bottom of page).
Applying for a Planning Permit
- If a Planning Permit or an Amendment to Planning Permit is required, it is recommended that you contact Council's Planning Facilitator on 1300 366 244 to arrange a pre-application meeting. When applying for an amendment to an existing planning permit, it is important to check the expiry date as an Extension of Time (298KB) may be required.
- Once the pre-application meeting has taken place an Application for Planning Permit Form must be completed and lodged with Council. If you wish to amend an existing permit, an Application to Amend a Planning Permit Form must be completed and lodged with Council.
An application for either a new or amended permit must include all necessary supporting information such as a current copy of title including a Registered Search Statement and Copy of Plan (less than three months old), development plans, site plans, reports and photographs so that the proposal is easily understood by all interested parties and can be assessed against all relevant sections of the Wellington Planning Scheme.
The Planning and Environment Act 1987 requires the payment of an assessment fee for the processing of most applications or amendments. The fees vary according to the proposal and are predominantly set by the Victorian State Government. Current fees may be viewed on the Planning Fees webpage. A Credit Card Payment Form (140KB) can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with your completed application form and supporting documentation. It is advisable to contact Council's Planning Facilitator to confirm the applicable assessment fee.
The following checklists are available for reference for specific types of planning applications:
Commercial Development (92KB)
Licensed Premises (90KB)
Multi Dwellings (96KB)
Native Vegetation Removal (219KB)
Rural Dwelling (91KB)
A current copy of title (less than three months old) must be provided with your planning permit application. You can purchase a copy of title from the Landata website.
Supporting Information Requests
Once it has been established that a Planning Permit is required, additional information on Flooding, Heritage, Native Vegetation, Bushfire and Special Water Supply Catchments may assist with the preparation of your application. If you're still establishing the applicable zone and overlays for your property, please refer to the Property Zoning and Overlays webpage.
After your application has been lodged
Once your application has been lodged the Town Planner will endeavour to advise you within 28 days if any additional information is required. If no further information is required, or once the further information has been supplied, the application can be referred to any relevant internal departments or external government agencies and the Planner can decide whether the application will be required to go to public notice (i.e. public 'advertising').
During the application process, Council may require you to notify the owners/occupiers of nearby land via letter or by placing an advertisement notice on the site or in local newspaper. This provides owners and occupiers of nearby land the opportunity to fully understand what is proposed, and also to provide an objection to Council if they believe they will suffer material detriment as a result of the proposal. Alternatively, if Council deems that the application is exempt from notice and review provisions or will not cause detriment to any person, the application will not be advertised.
In the instance where objections are received the Town Planner will consider all objections and may require a consultation meeting between all affected parties before a final decision is made.
In making a decision, Council Officers must assess the application against the strategies and desired outcomes outlined in the Policy Framework of the Wellington Planning Scheme. Any other matters that the planning scheme specifies must also be taken into account, as well as the outcomes of the processes as listed above.
Council Officers will then decide on one of three options:
- Issue the Permit (when there are no objectors)
- Issue of a Notice of a Decision to Issue a Permit (Providing time for objectors to appeal) or
- Issue a Refusal to Grant Permit Notice
A permit can be issued with or without conditions, and a proposal can only begin and continue if all conditions outlined on the permit are met.
If the permit is refused, and you are not satisfied with the decision, you may seek a review (appeal) through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).