The VicSmart Planning Application Process
VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for low-impact, straightforward planning permit applications. Classes of application are identified in the planning scheme as being VicSmart and have specified requirements for information, assessment processes and decision guidelines.
Key features of VicSmart:
Extension of VicSmart
In July 2017, the government implemented a further extension to VicSmart through Amendment VC137.
The amendment introduces additional classes of application into the VicSmart provisions for
Amending Clause 92 (State VicSmart applications) to;
Amending Clause 93.04 (Buildings and works in a zone [except a rural zone]) to include
Inserting Clause 93.14 (Extension to one dwelling on a lot in a residential zone) to include
These changes have now been incorporated into planning schemes.
Does your application qualify for VicSmart?
A proposal may fall into more than one class of VicSmart application. Where a proposal falls into more than one class of VicSmart application, the requirements of each class need to be met.
There are three prerequisites for an application to be eligible as a VicSmart application:
Visit the VicSmart website www.planning.vic.gov.au/vicsmart for information guides and checklists to assist you to determine if your application qualifies to be assessed as VicSmart.
The VicSmart process involves four simple steps:
Download a copy of the Applicant's Guide to lodging a VicSmart Application and relevant checklists from the VicSmart website www.planning.vic.gov.au/vicsmart
Click here for information on how to access Council's Planning Pre-Application Discussion Service - fees apply.
A council officer will check the submitted information against the requirements listed in the planning scheme.
To enable a decision to be made in 10 business days, you must submit all required information when lodging the application:
Please submit two set of all application documents:
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
A VicSmart application can be amended after lodgement. The day Council receives the request for the amendment becomes the lodgment date of the application.
Step 3 - Assess
A VicSmart application is assessed against pre-set decision guidelines that are set out in the VicSmart planning provisions for that class of application.
If a proposal meets the criteria for a VicSmart application, council must assess the application within 10 days using the VicSmart process. A Council cannot choose to assess the proposal using the regular permit process.
If the information submitted with the application is inadequate or if some of the required information is missing, Council can ask you in writing to provide further information. If the requested information is not provided by the specified date, the application will lapse. An application that has lapsed cannot be recommenced and a new application must be lodged. To receive an extension to allow you to seek additional information, you must apply to Council before the lapse date.
Step 4 - Decide
A decision should be made within 10 business days. After 10 business days, you will have a right of review by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for failure to decide.
An application is not automatically decided after 10 business days. If the application cannot be decided because of missing information, inadequate fee, design negotiations or other outstanding matter, you will be informed.
Similarly where a decision can be made but has been inadvertently delayed, a council officer will most likely inform you and will make a decision as soon as practicable.
Under VicSmart, you have the right to a review by VCAT after 10 business days, but you are not compelled to do so. Before applying to VCAT, please contact Council's Planning department on 8571 1000 to find out when a decision will be made. In most cases, a decision will be made within a reasonable timeframe.