News and events

New Planning and Subdivision Fees to Apply from 13 October

29 September 2016

The Governor in Council made new planning and subdivision fee regulations on 27 September 2016. The new fees will apply to applications made on or after 13 October 2016.

Have your say on Better Apartment standards

15 August 2016

Draft apartment design standards have been released for public consultation before guidelines are introduced later this year.

What will Victoria look like in 2051?

15 July 2016

The annual report on Victoria's official population and household projections, Victoria in Future 2016, confirms we remain the fastest-growing state in the country with our population expected to reach 10.1 million by 2051.

Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) discussion paper launched

1 July 2016

All Victorians are being encouraged to contribute their ideas on how best to project the Yarra River (Birrarung) for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

What we heard - Plan Melbourne refresh submissions now online

27 May 2016

The Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today released written submissions to the Plan Melbourne refresh along with two reports summarising the key trends and feedback received from the refresh submissions and consultation and engagement workshops.

First stage of Victorian planning portal just weeks away

1 December 2016

A new website for Victorian planning information will soon be launched at

Managing growth background paper released

4 December 2015

A background paper to the Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper was released today that sets out a plan for delivering coordinated infrastructure across Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs.

The new Know Your Council website provides information and transparency

26 November 2015

The Victorian Government's new Know Your Council website is an accessible, easy to understand online resource that helps the community.

Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper – Have your say on Plan Melbourne

22 October 2015

The Victorian Government has released a Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper to bring together community and industry voices about how we plan for growth across our city.

Review to shape Melbourne’s central city

8 September 2015

The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning is conducting a review of Melbourne’s central city built form over the next 12 months.

Do you have good ideas to improve our website?

13 August 2015

We are looking for people to participate in a focus group that will help us redesign our website to better meet your needs.

Victoria's population and household projections

6 August 2015

The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning has released Victoria's official population and household projections, Victoria in Future 2015.

VicSmart Online Guide now live

30 June 2015

VicSmart is a streamlined planning permit assessment process for straightforward, low-impact applications such as simple land subdivisions as well as minor building and construction works.

Reform to boost infrastructure investment for communities

11 June 2015

The Government has tabled the Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions ) Bill 2015 in Parliament. The amendment seeks to reform the current infrastructure contributions system to ensure roads, drainage, parks, sport and community facilities can be delivered in growth and strategic development areas in a more efficient and cost effective way.

Recognising Objectors Bill introduced to give communities a fair go

27 May 2015

The Government has tabled the Recognising Objectors Bill 2015 in Parliament which seeks to add a new decision-making consideration into the Planning and Environment Act 1987 requiring responsible authorities and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to have regard to, where appropriate, the number of objectors to a permit application when considering whether the proposal may have a significant social effect. 

Community to have a say on apartment design

14 May 2015

The Victorian Government has released a new discussion paper – Better Apartments – to bring together community and industry voices about how to improve the internal design amenity of apartments. 

Recasting Fishermans Bend for the community

17 April 2015

The Victorian Government has announced details of the recast and improved Fishermans Bend precinct, putting people back into the decision making process while ensuring the area becomes a vibrant and sustainable community, supporting jobs and economic growth.

Changes to wind farm planning laws

2 April 2015

The Victorian Government has changed wind farm planning laws that reduce the allowable distance of a wind turbine to a dwelling with the landowner's consent to one kilometre from two kilometres. The Minister for Planning will make decisions on all new wind farm planning applications.

Plan Melbourne reboot

27 March 2015

The Government is giving Plan Melbourne a reboot to ensure it delivers the kind of city the community needs.

Minister's Assessment of the Kilmore-Wallan Bypass EES Inquiry and Advisory Committee Report released today

11 March 2015

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has released his assessment of the proposed Kilmore Wallan Bypass together with the independent Inquiry Panel report on the project. The Minister's Assessment, Inquiry Panel report and project information can be found here.

Independent panel to consider submissions on Bourke Hill built form controls

17 February 2015

Submissions on mandatory height controls for the Bourke Hill precinct in Melbourne's CBD have been referred to an Independent Panel for consideration.

Docklands' new park honours Ron Barassi Senior

26 September 2014

Melbourne’s newest park and sports field in the Docklands will be named in honour of football great and war hero, Ron Barassi Senior.

Residential Zones (Stage One) committee reports released

17 September 2014

The Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee has released reports regarding the overarching operation of the residential zones and the fourteen stage 1 council residential zone proposals. 

St Kilda’s Stokehouse rises from the ashes

15 September 2014

The Minister for Planning this week approved a contemporary new building for the site of St Kilda’s Stokehouse, allowing construction to begin. 

Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement put in place

22 August 2014

The Mornington Peninsula will be protected from inappropriate development, under the first of four localised planning statements aimed at preserving Victoria's most valued landscapes and tourist destinations.

Protection for live music venues

4 August 2014

A package of reforms announced today will provide greater protection for live music venues in Victoria.

Practical reforms for building in bushfire areas

31 July 2014

Changes to Victoria's bushfire planning regulations were introduced today giving greater certainty to residents and landowners in bushfire designated areas.

Final Regional Growth Plan launched today

23 July 2014

The Hume Regional Growth Plan was officially launched today in Wodonga. The Hume strategy is the final of eight documents outlining a long-term vision for managing growth and change and protecting liveability in the region.

Loddon Mallee North Growth Plan released today

3 July 2014

The Loddon Mallee North Regional Growth Plan was released today.

Growth plans released for Wimmera Southern Mallee and Great South Coast

2 July 2014

Two long-term plans to manage the growth and protect the liveability of Victoria's regions were released today.

VicSmart: Permits in 10 days

30 June 2014

Home renovators and small businesses will have their waiting times slashed from around 40 days to just 10, under a major overhaul of how minor planning permits are processed.

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