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Planning and Design

The Standard Planning Application Process

The following application process applies to planning permit applications that do not meet the VicSmart or Priority Paid eligibility criteria.

  • The applicant applies for a planning permit, completing all relevant forms and provide all relevant information.

  • Once Council have received the application, it will be registered and allocated to a planning officer. An acknowledgment letter and contact details of the planning officer will be issued to the applicant.

  • The planning officer will perform a preliminary assessment and may refer the application to internal departments or external authorities. If necessary, the planning officer will send a request to the applicant to submit further information, such as additional plans or supporting reports.

  • If required, formal public notification of the planning permit application (sometimes referred to as 'advertising') is conducted.

  • If an objection to a planning permit application is received, Council may initiate a consultative meeting between the applicants and objectors, in the interests of reaching a mutually acceptable solution.

  • Planning officers then assess the application against the Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme, Council policies and information received as part of the referral and notification process.

  • A decision on the planning permit application is then made and all parties involved in the planning permit application are notified of the decision in writing. Parties have the right to appeal to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a review of Council’s decision.