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Planning Permits

A planning permit allows the undertaking of a particular use or development (subdivision, buildings and works) to proceed on a specific piece of land.
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A planning permit is subject to a time limit for commencement and may expire under specified circumstances. Planning Permits may be subject to certain conditions.

It is important not to confuse Planning Permits with Building Permits. Building Permits relate to the method of construction of a building or development. If you have a Planning Permit you will often still need to obtain a Building Permit from a private Building Surveyor. See our Building page for further information.

Depending on the provisions of the planning scheme affecting your land (zones and overlays), a Planning Permit may (or may not) be required. Some forms of use or development may also be prohibited. It is important, therefore, that you check planning permit requirements with Council.

Planning Enforcement

All use and development of land in Wellington Shire must comply with the Wellington Planning Scheme.

Planning Enforcement Officers will investigate illegal uses, development or removal of native vegetation. The loss of native vegetation and destruction of the coastal and lake foreshores is very important to us and the community.

To ensure compliance with the Wellington Planning Scheme and any approved planning permits, action may be taken with regards to breaches of these regulations.

Wellington Shire Council investigates all identified breaches of the planning scheme and planning permits. Development compliance issues may include:

  • No Permit - Building works conducted without a planning permit where one is required.
  • Non-compliance with Planning Permit Conditions - Building works that are inconsistent with the approved planning permit and/or endorsed plans. Auditing of permits is undertaken. All conditions on a Planning Permit must be completed and comply with the conditions.
  • Illegal Use - Illegal use of a property or use inconsistent with the Wellington Planning Scheme or planning permit conditions.
  • Changes of Land Use - Changes of use of land, without planning approval, where such approval is required.
  • Removal of Native Vegetation - Native vegetation which is destroyed or removed illegally.
  • Heritage - Works and demolition carried out to a property in a Heritage Overlay without prior planning approval.  

Options Available to Council

For minor offences, wherever possible, planning compliance officers seek to resolve issues through negotiation with the parties involved.  However, in circumstances where negotiation fails or where a significant breach has occurred, the Planning and Environment Act 1987 provides for other enforcement options.

These options include:

  • The issue of an official warning.
  • The issue of a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN).
  • An application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for an enforcement order.
  • An application to VCAT for the cancellation or amendment of a Planning Permit.
  • Commencement of prosecution proceedings in the Victorian Magistrate’s Court.

Serious breaches will be prosecuted. If you suspect someone has undertaken a use, development or removed native vegetation illegally, please report the offence to Wellington Shire Council.

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Documents Available for Public Inspection

Council maintain a range of documents and registers for public inspection in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 and the Local Government (General) Regulations 2004 - these are shown below.


Note: The Auditors Report is incorporated within the Annual Report.

The documents below can also be viewed at our Sale or Yarram Service Centres.

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In addition, the following documents are also available for public inspection at the Sale Service Centre:

  • Authorised Officers
  • Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes
  • Councillor Code of Conduct
  • Councillor Reimbursement Policy
  • Delegations
  • Election Campaign Donation Returns Register
  • List of all Leases
  • List of Donations and Grants
  • Procurement Policy
  • Record of Assembly of Councillors
  • Register of Interests Travel Register
  • Details of reappointment Chief Executive Officer total remuneration.

To arrange an inspection, please contact Council.

Annual Report

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Council Budget

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Council Plan and Vision

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Council Strategies and Plans

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2016 - 2020 (Current Council)

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 22 October 2016. They will serve until the next Council elections are held in 2020.

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2012 - 2016

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 27 October 2012.

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2008 - 2012

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 29 November 2008.

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2005 - 2008

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 26 November 2005.

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2003 - 2005

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 15 March 2003.

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2000 - 2003

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 18 March 2000.

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1997 - 2000

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 15 March 1997.

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Monday, November 18, 2019
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