Do you need to comply?

Probably, depending on the size and nature of any proposed projects.

Conditions of compliance

The planning scheme controls land use and development within a municipality. It contains State and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.

The planning scheme will indicate if a planning permit is required to change the use of land, or to construct a building or make other changes to the land.

Every municipality has its own planning scheme.

Planning policies are determined under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic) and the Planning and Environment Regulations 2015 (Vic). State planning policies are concerned with issues such as urban consolidation and neighbourhood character, while local planning policies are concerned with issues of regional or local significance. The council must take into account both the State and local planning policies when making a planning decision.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

You should be familiar with the planning scheme applicable to your location, particularly the following components of the Victorian Planning Scheme:

  • State Planning Policy Framework
  • Local Planning Policy Framework
  • Zones
  • Overlays
  • Particular provisions
  • General provisions
  • Definitions
  • Incorporated documents.

You should also be familiar with the processes involved in obtaining a planning permit from your local municipal council.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

You could encounter difficulties in obtaining approval for your project.

ISV contacts

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
Head of Innovation
Ph. 03 9825 7275

Links, resources and downloads
Note: You should also seek independent town planning advice (information).