VicSmart - a simpler planning permit process
VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications. Classes of application are identified in the planning scheme as being VicSmart and have specified requirements for information, assessment processes and decision guidelines.
Key features of VicSmart include:
- a 10 day permit process
- applications are not advertised
- information to be submitted with an application and what council can consider is pre-set
- the Chief Executive Officer of the council or delegate decides the application.
Do I qualify for VicSmart?
To be classed as a VicSmart application a proposal must:
- be one of the 12 state application types
- meet all the criteria
- and be located in the specified zone or overlay.
Council may also have additional application classes listed in their planning scheme that can apply locally.
Where a proposal falls into more than one class of VicSmart application the requirements of each class need to be met.
Use the VicSmart online guide
Enter a property address and follow the simple steps.
Extension of VicSmart
In February 2017, the government announced that an extension to VicSmart will be implemented.
Proposed extensions include:
- building and works up to $1 million in industrial areas.
- building and works up to $500,000 in commercial and some special purpose areas.
- a range of low impact developments in rural areas (up to $500,000 in agricultural settings and $250,000 in more sensitive rural settings)
- small scale types of buildings and works in selected overlays
- subdivision, advertising signs and car parking.
These changes will be incorporated into planning schemes, and take effect in coming months.
The resources on this page will be updated to reflect the updates once the changes to VicSmart are gazetted and take effect
Resources for applicants
A comprehensive package of material is available to assist councils and applicants:
VicSmart Information Sheet
A simple overview of VicSmart and the 12 state classes of application
How to apply under the Special Building Overlay
- How to apply for a VicSmart Planning Permit under the Special Building Overlay (PDF 156.4 KB) or (DOC 90.5 KB)
Checklists for VicSmart applications
- Checklists for VicSmart applications (PDF 615.2 KB)
- Checklist 1: Realign a boundary between two lots (DOC 107.0 KB)
- Checklist 2: Subdivide land into lots each containing an existing building or car parking space (DOC 97.5 KB)
- Checklist 3: Subdivide land with an approved development into two lots (DOC 99.0 KB)
- Checklist 4: Construct a front fence in a residential zone (DOC 89.0 KB)
- Checklist 5: Construct a building or works in a commercial or industrial zone, Capital City Zone, Docklands Zone or Mixed Use Zone (DOC 100.5 KB)
- Checklist 6: Construct a fence in an overlay (DOC 86.5 KB)
- Checklist 7: Remove, destroy or lop one tree (DOC 94.0 KB)
- Checklist 8: Minor subdivision, minor buildings and works, painting or tree lopping in a Heritage Overlay (DOC 109.5 KB)
- Checklist 9: Minor subdivision or buildings and works within a Special Building Overlay (DOC 95.0 KB)
- Checklist 10: Display a sign in a commercial or industrial zone, Capital City Zone or Docklands Zone (DOC 92.0 KB)
- Checklist 11: Reduce a car parking requirement (DOC 90.5 KB)
- Checklist 12: Reduce or waive loading/unloading requirements (DOC 87.5 KB)
Your local council may have their own forms. Check with council which form you should use. (A form may not always display correctly in a browser. Download to use and to see it correctly displayed.)
- VicSmart application form September 2014 or (DOC 194.5 KB)
- Combined application form - standard or VicSmart, 1 July 2015 (PDF 304.5 KB) or (DOC 194.5 KB)
VCAT review process
Resources for councils
More information about the introduction of VicSmart and additional tools for councils are available.