New Fees under the Planning and Environment Act

New Fee Regulations Now Apply

The Governor in Council made new planning and subdivision fee regulations on 27 September 2016. The new fees  apply from 13 October 2016.

Planning and responsible authorities provide services under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which attract a fee in accordance with the Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations 2016.

These services include:

  • planning scheme amendments
  • planning permit applications
  • certificates of compliance with the planning scheme
  • certificates setting out planning provisions that apply to land
  • satisfaction matters – where the planning scheme says something must be done to an authority's satisfaction.

Amendments to permits or applications for permits, and combined applications will also attract a fee.

Questions and Answers on the New Fees

To assist with the interpretation and implementation of the new fees, please view questions and answers containing guidance on the operation of the fees. Note the questions and answers may be updated from time to time.

New Fee Schedule

The Regulations set fees in fee units.  The fee units have been converted to a dollar value on the basis of the value of a fee unit as it is set for the 2016/17 financial year.  A fee unit value is adjusted each year by the Treasurer's amount and is published in the Government Gazette.

In accordance with the Monetary Units Act 2004, the current value of a fee unit for the 2016/17 financial year is: $13.94.

Table 1: Fees* for amendment to planning scheme (regulation 6)

Stage Stage of Amendment Fee* Paid to
1 For:
a)    considering a request to amend a planning scheme; and
b)    taking action required by Division 1 of Part 3 of the Act; and
c)    considering any submissions which do not seek a change to the amendment; and
d)    if applicable, abandoning the amendment
$2,871.60
(206 fee units)
The planning authority
2 For:
a)    considering
  The planning authority
  (i)    up to and including 10 submissions which seek a change to an amendment and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; or $14,232.70
(1021 fee units); or
 
  (ii)    11 to (and including) 20 submissions which seek a change to an amendment and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; or $28,437.60
(2040 fee units); or
 
  (iii)    Submissions that exceed 20 submissions which seek a change to an amendment, and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; and $38,014.40
(2727 fee units)
 
  b)    providing assistance to a panel in accordance with section 158 of the Act; and
c)    making a submission to a panel appointed under Part 8 of the Act at a hearing referred to in section 24(b) of the Act; and
d)    considering the panel's report in accordance with section 27 of the Act; and
e)    after considering submissions and the panel's report, abandoning the amendment.
   
3 For:
a)    adopting the amendment or part of the amendment in accordance with section 29 of the Act; and
b)    submitting the amendment for approval by the Minister in accordance with section 31 of the Act; and
c)    giving the notice of the approval of the amendment required by section 36(2) of the Act.
$453.10
(32.5 fee units) if the Minister is not the planning authority or nil fee if the Minister is the planning authority
The planning authority
4 For:
a)    consideration by the Minister of a request to approve the amendment in accordance with section 35 of the Act; and
b)    giving notice of approval of the amendment in accordance with section 36(1) of the Act.
$453.10
(32.5 fee units) if the Minister is not the planning authority or nil fee if the Minister is the planning authority
The Minister

*For the first 12 months from commencement of the regulations, the fees for planning scheme amendments  will be charged at 50% of the fees set out in regulations.

Table 2: Fees for applications for permits under section 47 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (regulation 9)

Class Type of Application Fee
1 Use only $1240.70
(89 fee units)
2 To develop land for a single dwelling per lot or use and develop land for a single dwelling per lot and undertake development ancillary to the use of land for a single dwelling per lot included in the application (other than a class 7 permit or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is $10,000 or less $188.20
(13.5 fee units)
3 To develop land for a single dwelling per lot or use and develop land for a single dwelling per lot and undertake development ancillary to the use of land for a single dwelling per lot included in the application (other than a class 8 permit or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $10,000 but not more than $100,000 $592.50
(42.5 fee units)
4 To develop land for a single dwelling per lot or use and develop land for a single dwelling per lot and undertake development ancillary to the use of land for a single dwelling per lot included in the application (other than a class 8 permit or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $100,000 but not more than $500,000 $1212.80
(87 fee units)
5 To develop land for a single dwelling per lot or use and develop land for a single dwelling per lot and undertake development ancillary to the use of land for a single dwelling per lot included in the application (other than a class 8 permit or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $500,000 but not more than $1,000,000 $1310.40
(94 fee units)
6 To develop land for a single dwelling per lot or use and develop land for a single dwelling per lot and undertake development ancillary to the use of land for a single dwelling per lot included in the application (other than a class 8 permit or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $1,000,000 but not more than $2,000,000 $1407.90
(101 fee units)
7 VicSmart application if the estimated cost of development is $10,000 or less $188.20
(13.5 fee units)
8 VicSmart application if the estimated cost of development is more than $10,000 $404.30
(29 fee units)
9 VicSmart application to subdivide or consolidate land $188.20
(13.5 fee units)
10 To develop land (other than a class 2, class 3, class 7 or class 8 or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is less than $100,000 $1080.40
(77.5 fee units)
11 To develop land (other than a class 4, class 5, or class 8 or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $100,000 and not more than $1,000,000 $1456.70
(104.5 fee units)
12 To develop land (other than a class 6 or class 8 or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $1,000,000 and not more than $5,000,000 $3213.20
(230.5 fee units)
13 To develop land (other than a class 8 or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $5,000,000 and not more than $15,000,000 $8189.80
(587.5 fee units)
14 To develop land (other than a class 8 or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $15,000,000 and not more than $50,000,000 $24,151.10
(1732.5 fee units)
15 To develop land (other than a class 8 or a permit to subdivide or consolidate land) if the estimated cost of development is more than $50,000,000* $54,282.40*
(3894 fee units)
16 To subdivide an existing building (other than a class 9 permit) $1240.70
(89 fee units)
17 To subdivide land into 2 lots (other than a class 9 or class 16 permit) $1240.70
(89 fee units)
18 To effect a realignment of a common boundary between lots or consolidate 2 or more lots (other than a class 9 permit) $1240.70
(89 fee units)
19 Subdivide land (other than a class 9, class 16, class 17 or class 18 permit) $1240.70 per 100 lots created
(89 fee units per 100 lots created)
20 To:
a)    create, vary or remove a restriction within the meaning of the Subdivision Act 1988; or
b)    create or remove a right of way; or
c)    create, vary or remove an easement other than a right of way; or
d)    vary or remove a condition in the nature of an easement (other than right of way) in a Crown grant.
$1240.70
(89 fee units)
21 A permit not otherwise provided for in the regulation $1240.70
(89 fee units)

*For the first 12 months from commencement of the regulations, the fee for a class 15 permit application (for development over $50 million) will be charged at 50% of the fee set out in regulations.

Table 3: Fees for applications to amend permits under section 72 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Regulation 11)

Class Type of Application Fee
1 Amendment to a permit to change the use of land allowed by the permit or allow a new use of land $1240.70
(89 fee units)
2 Amendment to a permit (other than a permit to develop land for a single dwelling per lot or to use and develop land for a single dwelling per lot or to undertake development ancillary to the use of land for a single dwelling per lot) to change the statement of what the permit allows or to change any or all of the conditions which apply to the permit. $1240.70
(89 fee units)
3 Amendment to a class 2 permit $188.20
(13.5 fee units)
4 Amendment to a class 3 permit $592.50
(42.5 fee units)
5 Amendment to a class 4 permit $1212.80
(87 fee units)
6 Amendment to a class 5 or class 6 permit $1310.40
(94 fee units)
7 Amendment to a class 7 permit $188.20
(13.5 fee units)
8 Amendment to a class 8 permit $404.30
(29 fee units)
9 Amendment to a class 9 permit $188.20
(13.5 fee units)
10 Amendment to a class 10 permit $1080.40
(77.5 fee units)
11 Amendment to a class 11 permit $1456.70
(104.5 fee units)
12 Amendment to a class 12, 13, 14 or 15 permit $3213.20
(230.5 fee units)
13 Amendment to a class 16 permit $1240.70
(89 fee units)
14 Amendment to a class 17 permit $1240.70
(89 fee units)
15 Amendment to a class 18 permit $1240.70
(89 fee units)
16 Amendment to a class 19 permit $1240.70 per 100 lots created
(89 fee units per 100 lots created)
17 Amendment to a class 20 permit $1240.70
(89 fee units)
18 Amendment to a class 21 permit $1240.70
(89 fee units)

Table 4: Other fees

Regulation Type of Application Fee
7 For requesting the Minister to prepare an amendment to a planning scheme exempted from the requirements referred to in section 20(4) of the Act. $3,763.80
(270 fee units)
8 For requesting the Minister to prepare an amendment to a planning scheme exempted from certain requirements prescribed under section 20A of the Act. $906.10
(65 fee units)
10 For combined permit applications Sum of the highest of the fees which would have applied if separate applications were made and 50% of each of the other fees which would have applied if separate applications were made
12 Amend an application for a permit or an application to amend a permit a)    Under section 57A(3)(a) of the Act the fee to amend an application for a permit after notice is given is 40% of the application fee for that class of permit set out in the Table at regulation 9
b)    Under section 57A(3)(a) of the Act the fee to amend an application to amend a permit after notice is given is 40% of the application fee for that class of permit set out in the Table at regulation 11 and any additional fee under c) below
c)    If an application to amend an application for a permit or amend an application to amend a permit has the effect of changing the class of that permit to a new class, having a higher application fee set out in the Table to regulation 9, the applicant must pay an additional fee being the difference the original class of application and the amended class of permit
13 For a combined application to amend permit The sum of the highest of the fees which would have applied if separate applications were made and 50% of each of the other fees which would have applied if separate applications were made
14 For a combined permit and planning scheme amendment Under section 96A(4)(a) of the Act:
The sum of the highest of the fees which would have applied if separate applications were made and 50% of each of the other fees which would have applied if separate applications were made
15 For a certificate of compliance $306.70
(22 fee units)
16 For an agreement to a proposal to amend or end an agreement under section 173 of the Act $620.30
(44.5 fee units)
17 For a planning certificate a)    $20.90 (1.5 fee units) for an application not made electronically
b)    $7 for an application made electronically
18 Where a planning scheme specifies that a matter must be done to the satisfaction of a responsible authority, Minister, public authority or municipal council $306.70
(22 fee units)

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Page last reviewed on 13 October 2016

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