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The Planning Application Process

The Planning and Environment Act 1987 establishes the planning permit application process. 

The following information is provided as a guide for those involved in the planning permit application process, however the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website provides detailed information about the planning permit assessment and review processes for users of the planning system.  It is recommended that you review the information before lodging a planning permit application.


Planning permit application streams

The first step when preparing your planning permit application is to identify which application stream your proposal is eligible for; VicSmart or the standard planning permit application process - see below.

If you are unsure, please contact Council's Planning department on 8571 1000.

The Planning department offers a pre-application discussion service (fees apply) which provides potential applicants with an opportunity to meet with planning officers to discuss their proposal, identify key areas of concern, and gain an understanding of the planning permit application process.


VicSmart planning application process

VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for 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.

Visit the VicSmart website for detailed information, applicant's guides and checklists.

Click here for more information on VicSmart and how to prepare and lodge an application 


Vic Smart Planning Applications in 10 Days

Standard planning application process

Applications that do not meet the VicSmart eligibility criteria will be processed via the standard planning permit application process.

Click here for more information on the standard application process and how to prepare and lodge an application  


Development within the Revitalising Central Dandenong declared project area

The Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative is being delivered by Development Victoria (formerly Places Victoria) in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong.

As of 1 September 2006, all new commercial scale developments (such as building three or more dwellings on a lot and three or more lot subdivisions) within the Revitalising Central Dandenong declared area incur the Infrastructure Recovery Charge (IRC) of 5% of the development value and is only applicable at the time of development.

To find out more about the Infrastructure Recovery Charge, visit the Revitalising Central Dandenong website or contact Development Victoria on 131 852.


Sustainable design requirements for planning applications

Depending on the size and type of development, Council requires applicants to include and report on Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) before it can issue a planning permit.

Find out more about Council’s sustainability reporting requirements.

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