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.
Use the VicSmart application guide

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. 

Find out whether your planning application may be processed as VicSmart  


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

Applicants guide

How to apply under the Special Building Overlay

Checklists for VicSmart applications

Application forms

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.)

VCAT review process


Resources for councils

More information about the introduction of VicSmart and additional tools for councils are available.

Resources and information for councils


Contact us

For enquiries about VicSmart please contact your local council or email planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last reviewed on 3 July 2015

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