Wind Energy Facilities

Wind energy facilities in Victoria require a planning permit. This page provides information about changes to the planning controls, the current guidelines, model planning permit conditions and other relevant information.


Amendment VC126

Amendment VC126 was gazetted on 28 January 2016. The amendment reduces the time required to decide an application to make changes to approved wind energy facilities; aligns the processes and time required to amend permits issued for wind energy facilities and clarifies that the location of a wind turbine is measured from the centre of its tower at ground level; makes minor corrections to Clause 52.32; updates the reference to the Guidelines and deletes reference to the outdated Renewable Energy Action Plan 2006.

A full copy of Amendment VC126 is available at Planning Scheme Amendments Online

Amendment VC107

Amendment VC107 was gazetted on 26 November 2015. The amendment removes reference to the transmission or distribution systems of power lines from the 'Wind energy facility' definition and clarifies that the Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for the transmission or distribution of power lines associated with a wind energy facility if they require a planning permit under the planning scheme.

A full copy of Amendment VC107 is available at Planning Scheme Amendments Online

Amendment VC125

Amendment VC125 was gazetted on 11 June 2015. The amendment changes the definition of 'Wind energy facility' in the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria so that it includes the use of land to transmit or distribute the electricity generated, specifically to connect the wind energy facility to the electricity network.

A full copy of Amendment VC125 is available at Planning Scheme Amendments Online

Amendment VC124

Amendment VC124 was gazetted on 2 April 2015.  The amendment changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria to implement the government's policy on wind energy facilities.

The amendment reduces the allowable distance of a turbine to a dwelling from two kilometres to one kilometre with the landowner's consent, and makes the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for all new wind farm planning permit applications for the use and development of a wind energy facility.

A full copy of Amendment VC124 is available on Planning Scheme Amendments Online

Advisory Note

Advisory Note 61 provides information about the changes made by Amendment VC124.

Policy and planning guidelines

The Policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria have been updated to include the changes introduced by Amendment VC124 namely the one kilometre turbine to dwelling distance and the transfer of responsibility status to the Minister for Planning and Amendment VC125.

The updated guidelines also include updated State and Commonwealth department names and information relating to applications to amend a planning permit and planning permit administration and enforcement.

Planning permit conditions

Model planning permit conditions for wind energy facilities have been developed to assist all parties involved in permit applications for wind energy facilities. They are provided in Appendix B of the Policy and planning guidelines for wind energy facilities in Victoria, April 2015.

The conditions are for guidance only and should be adapted depending on the individual circumstance of each wind energy proposal.

Information relevant to native vegetation requirements can be found at Native vegetation and planning permits

Wind energy projects in Victoria

A summary of current and proposed wind energy projects in Victoria can be found at Wind Projects in Victoria.

More information

Information is provided below about calculating the greenhouse benefits of wind energy development and other helpful links and sources of information.

A guide to calculating greenhouse benefits of wind energy facility proposals.

Relevant Victorian government departments and agencies

  • Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources includes responsibility for agriculture, energy, resources, economic development, employment and innovation.
  • Sustainability Victoria: is an agency of the Victorian Government, established to accelerate sustainable resource supply and use across the Victorian economy. Their website includes information on a range of sustainability measures including wind and renewable energy.
  • Aboriginal Affairs Victoria: administers legislation that protects Aboriginal cultural heritage. Potential impacts of a wind energy facility on Aboriginal cultural values must be considered in the early planning stages of a development. 

A selection of web links about wind energy

Useful publications and references

  • Guidelines for Renewable Energy Developments - Wind Energy, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, EECA, New Zealand, 1995
  • Stakeholder management: A Prerequisite for Successful Wind Farm Development, and Appendix 1: Developer's Guide to Stakeholders in Victoria, Terry Teoh Murdoch University, January 2000
  • Best Practice Guidelines for Implementation of Wind Energy Projects in Australia, Clean Energy Council, 2013
  • The Victorian Wind Atlas, Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria (now Sustainability Victoria), December 2003
  • Wind Farm Industry Policy Statement (Commonwealth Department of Environment) assists wind farm operators to decide if proposed actions require assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
  • Draft National Wind Farm Development Guidelines, July 2010 (www.scew.gov.au/resource/future-national-wind-farm-development-guidelines)

Page last reviewed on 28 January 2016

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