News and events
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.
15 August 2016Draft apartment design standards have been released for public consultation before guidelines are introduced later this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26 November 2015The Victorian Government's new Know Your Council website is an accessible, easy to understand online resource that helps the community.
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.
8 September 2015The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning is conducting a review of Melbourne’s central city built form over the next 12 months.
13 August 2015We are looking for people to participate in a focus group that will help us redesign our website to better meet your needs.
6 August 2015The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning has released Victoria's official population and household projections, Victoria in Future 2015.
30 June 2015VicSmart 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.
11 June 2015The 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.
27 May 2015The 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.
14 May 2015The 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.
13 May 2015The Victorian Government has announced details of the recast 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.
17 April 2015The 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.
2 April 2015The 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.
27 March 2015The 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.
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.
26 September 2014Melbourne’s newest park and sports field in the Docklands will be named in honour of football great and war hero, Ron Barassi Senior.
17 September 2014The 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.
15 September 2014The Minister for Planning this week approved a contemporary new building for the site of St Kilda’s Stokehouse, allowing construction to begin.
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.
4 August 2014
A package of reforms announced today will provide greater protection for live music venues in Victoria.
31 July 2014
Changes to Victoria's bushfire planning regulations were introduced today giving greater certainty to residents and landowners in bushfire designated areas.
29 July 2014
The Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan was recently approved, heralding the development of a new inner city suburb that will more than double the size of Melbourne's central city.
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.
3 July 2014
The Loddon Mallee North Regional Growth Plan was released today.
2 July 2014
Two long-term plans to manage the growth and protect the liveability of Victoria's regions were released today.
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.