Learn about the planning system in Victoria and the information and services available to assist you
A detailed guide for both infrequent and regular users of Victoria's planning system.
Find guidance for practitioners on applying and drafting planning provisions.
The Minister for Planning's has a range of powers, roles and responsibilities including the issuing of Ministerial directions.
Local councils make most of the planning decisions that affect local areas. Find out about the role of councils and how to get local planning information.
Explore the wide range of planning services offered by the department.
Find links to other websites with useful planning information from Australia and the world.
Learn what planning schemes are and how they work
Access all planning schemes in Victoria including the Victoria Planning Provisions and scheme histories.
Learn about the planning scheme ordinance that are now in HTML format.
Get a planning report for a property, land parcel or crown land showing planning zones, overlays and related information.
Search for and view details of exhibited and approved amendments to Victorian planning schemes.
Navigate your planning scheme with an explanation of each component and section, and learn about the Victoria Planning Provisions and incorporated documents.
Access online planning services and tools that provide you with planning information for your property.
Find templates and information for planning professionals who prepare and process amendments.
View a list of ministerial interventions for the current and previous years by the Minister for Planning in Victoria.
Amendment VC148 has implemented changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and planning schemes.
Learn about planning permit applications and processes
Review general information about planning permits including processes and common types of permit applications
A faster way of dealing with low-impact, straightforward planning permit applications known as VicSmart planning assessment.
View a list of applications and decisions on planning permits where the Minister for Planning is responsible for making the decision.
Find out if there are additional permit requirements for your application.
Browse a list of planning policies and current initiatives
The planning of a network of vibrant community hubs known as activity centres
The planning system's role in protecting our airports, their operations and the communities around them
The Better Apartments Design Standards have been introduced to improve the liveability and sustainability of apartments in Victoria
Learn how approvals are being streamlined to support Victoria's economic recovery and investment in social and affordable housing
Learn more about planning for buffers and land use compatibility.
Learn how the planning and building systems respond to bushfire
Planning controls to guide the future development of Melbourne's central city
Planning for the protection and enhancement of Victoria's coastal areas
Learn about how your project may be eligible for accelerated assessment and determination.
What development contributions are and how they’re used
Amendments to the Planning and Environment Act were introduced in 2018 to safeguard the state's distinctive areas and landscapes
Amendment VC157 requires planning approval for power lines to connect new large-scale electricity generation facilities to the electricity network. Have your say about the operation of the changes introduced
The department is proposing updates to Victoria’s land-use planning system to bring it in line with the new environment protection framework which includes a new Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018. The new Act comes into effect on 1 July 2020
Learn about how we are planning for future management of Victoria’s extractive resources
The Government Land Service changes planning provisions and corrects planning scheme anomalies for Victorian government land
Learn how the Victorian Government is improving the future management arrangements for the Great Ocean Road Region
The Great Ocean Road Region Strategy plans for the region's future land use and transport demands
Green wedges are the non-urban areas of metropolitan Melbourne that lie outside the Urban Growth Boundary
Learn how the Victorian Government is strengthening planning for Melbourne’s green wedges and agricultural land to ensure these areas are protected and supported for future generations.
Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC), a fund for essential infrastructure development in Melbourne’s growth areas of Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham.
Learn about the new guidelines on preparing a proposal to redevelop a golf course
There are changes to the way that greyhound keeping and training facilities are managed in Victoria's planning system
The initiatives and reforms to the planning system to be introduced as part of the Victorian Government's housing strategy
Infrastructure Contributions fund the provision of essential infrastructure to support new or growing communities
The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy: Regional Land Use Study aims to guide the future land uses of rehabilitated mines and surrounding areas
Local councils are responsible for decisions about local heritage in Victoria
Planning considerations for areas around major hazard facilities
Planning for industrial and commercial land to meet future needs
The importance of open space in the community and how it is planned
Find out about Plan Melbourne and the previous planning strategies for metropolitan Melbourne
The Victorian Government is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing
Learn about approved reforms that streamline planning for public and shared housing.
Victoria's planning zones have been reviewed and reformed
Regional Growth Plans provide a broad direction for land use and development across regional Victoria
The government is considering planning scheme changes to create three new regional parks and a sports precinct
The Victorian Government has streamlined the planning assessment process for residential aged care facilities
The Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan aims to turn central Geelong into a magnet for new jobs and sustainable growth
The Smart Planning program aims to make Victoria's planning system the most efficient and responsive in the country
The planning process to consider proposals for public housing estate renewal
New guidelines to outline the assessment and development process for large-scale solar energy facilities in Victoria
Current planning protections against overshadowing for your rooftop solar system
Landscape assessment studies help to ensure that Victoria's landscapes are there for future generations to enjoy.
Learn about the coordinated services and delivery of Victoria’s major transport and infrastructure projects.
Safeguarding Victoria’s resources for future growth
The Victorian Government's planning policy framework for animal industries in Victoria
Learn about amendment C371 that proposes to facilitate the use and development of land for a new campus for the University of Melbourne at 241 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne
Enterprise Precincts respond to changes in the economy and evolving ways of working
Much of the high quality of life enjoyed across Melbourne and Victoria is achieved through good urban design
Explore Victoria’s waterways and find out what we’re doing to protect them from inappropriate development, safeguard public access and achieve greater biodiversity
Find information about planning panels and committees and the role of Planning Panels Victoria
Download a report of upcoming hearings at Planning Panels Victoria.
Browse the list of current planning panels and committees.
Find general information about recent planning panels and advisory committees.
View a list of guides produced by Planning Panels Victoria on their processes and hearings.
Find general information about what types of reports Planning Panels Victoria prepare and view previously released reports.
View senior panel member profiles and the sessional member list of Planning Panels Victoria (PPV).
Find information about Environment Effects Statements (EES), the assessment process in Victoria, and projects that have been referred for or are undergoing assessment
Browse the list of projects referred for decision on requirements for environmental assessment.
Browse a list of projects under assessment for environmental impact.
Learn about recently completed projects under the Environment Effects Act 1978 since 2007.
In Victoria, environment assessment of the potential environmental impacts or effects of a proposed development may be required. Learn about the process involved.
Learn how to submit an EES referral
The department administers the integrated assessment and approvals processes under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 on behalf of the Minister for Planning.
Learn about the bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and Victoria for environmental assessment
Download guidelines, advisory notes and forms relating to Environment Effects Statements.
Explore planning research topics and resources
Learn about Victoria's future population projections.
Interactive map providing demographic, housing and employment information for Melbourne
Download information on housing development data and spatial data commissioned to provide information on small lot residential development across Melbourne.
Research and analysis reports about residential, industrial land supply in Victoria.
Learn more about Victorian population bulletin.
View research reports prepared by the government on regional issues.
Census 2016 analysis by Land Use and Population Research.
View a list of recently released and past issues of Research Matters.
Learn about the legislative framework for Victoria's planning system
Learn about the Planning and Environment Act 1987, a key piece of planning legislation that provides the legal framework for Victoria’s planning system
Learn about regulations, which are statutory rules created under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Subdivision Act 1988
Learn about the fees charged by state and local authorities for planning and subdivision services
Learn about the penalties for failing to comply with the Planning and Environment Act 1987, a planning scheme or conditions on a planning permit
View a short guide to restrictive covenants and what they mean for land owners
Ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the state's building system
Information about the regulatory framework in Victoria
Learn more about the Review and the work of the Expert Advisory Panel
Learn about the building reform program
Learn about the various statutory boards and advisory committees
Information about the various national building bodies
Learn about the regulations relating to caravan parks and movable dwellings
Learn about the building regulations that are currently under Regulation reviews
Learn about the safety requirements for private swimming pools and spas
Learn about the various programs and teams committed to building a system that delivers safe, quality buildings
Learn about voluntary agreements to fund cladding rectification works
Browse our library of resources and publications
Learn about the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) and the reports it produces
Information about accessibility guidelines for presentation of maps and visual data
View a list of Planning Advisory notes containing point-in-time information on a range of planning processes and topics
View a list of Planning Practice notes on a range of planning processes and topics
Sign up for Planning Matters, a weekly email containing information on new planning scheme amendments, planning project updates and publications
View a list of planning reform documents
The Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria provide advice on the design of public spaces, on building design and the layout of our cities and towns
The Activity Centre Design Guidelines are now superseded by the Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria.
The Safer Design Guidelines for Victoria are now superseded by the Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria.
The Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development are now superseded by the Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria and Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria
Learn about the guidelines that assist in developing vibrant and high quality large format retail centres.
Learn about the urban design which is the practice of shaping the physical environment in order to improve the quality of life in cities and towns
3D visualisation technology is highly effective in communicating complex concepts and built form outcomes to a range of audiences
Page last updated: 07/06/19