Review of Planning and Subdivision Fees

New Fee Regulations to Apply Soon

The Governor in Council made new planning and subdivision fee regulations on 27 September 2016. The new fees will apply from 13 October 2016. Prior to the regulations commencing, councils should update their fee schedules and notify applicants and users of the planning system.

What do the new regulations do?

The regulations set the fees that can be charged by local councils (or other planning authorities and responsible authorities) for the services provided under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and Subdivision Act 1988 to an appropriate level of cost recovery.

New planning and subdivision fee schedules

See the new fee schedules to apply from 13 October 2016.

IMPORTANT: Please continue to charge the fees under the current interim planning and subdivision regulations until the new regulations commence on 13 October 2016. The fees will apply to new applications made on or after 13 October 2016.

The new fees have been converted to fee units and will be subject to annual indexation according to the value of fee units set by the Treasurer under the Monetary Units Act 2004.

Next steps?

Once the new regulations commence, questions and answers containing guidance on the implementation of the new fees will be published on our website.

What was the outcome of the planning and subdivision fees RIS consultation?

The Planning and Subdivision Fees Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and draft Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations 2016 and the draft Subdivision (Fees) Regulations 2016 were released for a 28-day public consultation in May 2016.  After considering all submissions in accordance with section 11 of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994, the Minister for Planning determined that the proposed regulations should be made with changes.

The Minister is also required to release a statement that provides reasons for decisions made about the final regulations and that broadly responds to the issues raised in submissions.  See the statement of reasons here:

Please email planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au if you require a hard copy version.

Post-consultation changes to the fees

The Minister has made the following changes to the exhibited planning and subdivision regulations:

  • An additional non-monetary VicSmart class of 13.5 fee units has been included in the planning regulations. The fee applies to the types subdivisions currently classified as VicSmart.
  • The way that the fee is determined for an amendment to a permit has changed. For clarity, the regulation maintains the method of determining the fee on the basis of additional development value. This is now set out in a new table to the relevant regulation.
  • The fee for a planning certificate has been amended to provide a new fee of $7 for electronic processing of a planning certificate. The fee for manual processing is 1.5 fee units.
  • The statement of compliance fee has been removed and the remaining subdivision regulations consequentially renumbered. For ease of administration, the fee for a statement of compliance has been included in the application to certify a plan fee.
  • Other minor and consequential amendments.

The table below shows a summary of the fees table showing post consultation changes:

Queries and information

Any queries related to the new fees can be directed to the Victorian Government Contact Centre on 1300 366 356 (local call cost), or by email to planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au

Background to the review

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Page last reviewed on 29 September 2016

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