Metropolitan Planning Levy
A Metropolitan Planning Levy was introduced in 2014 and commenced on 1 July 2015. The Planning and Environment Act 1987 requires a levy payment prior to making a planning permit application for developments valued at over $1 million within metropolitan council areas.
The levy rate is set at $1.30 per $1000 (or 0.13% of the whole value of the development) for affected projects. This will be about 6% of all planning permit applications received each year in the Melbourne metropolitan area.
Planning permit applicants for proposed development in the Melbourne metropolitan area will need to check whether the levy applies to their proposed development. If required, the levy must be paid to the State Revenue Office to receive a levy certificate. Responsible authorities in the Melbourne metropolitan area are required to check that, if required, a valid levy certificate is submitted with a planning permit application.
The levy supports delivery of better state and metropolitan strategic planning. An improved planning system will facilitate implementation of key planning initiatives to ensure quality growth and development of the Melbourne metropolitan area.
More information, including how to apply for a Metropolitan Planning Levy certificate, can be found on the State Revenue Office website or in Planning Practice Note 82: Applying the Metropolitan Planning Levy.