Planning Permit Activity Annual Report: 2013-14

This is the eleventh annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria. A detailed summary of statistical information for the 2013-14 financial year, the data is provided by the 79 local government authorities, the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal.

This annual report covers information for the state aggregated and consistently presented at four levels :

  • state
  • metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria,
  • three metropolitan and three rural/regional subregions
  • the 82 individual planning schemes.*

The information in this annual report includes:

  • the number of permit applications received and decided
  • the number of permit applications reviewed at VCAT
  • the estimated cost of works for permits issued
  • the value of fees for applications received
  • the time to process permits and the number processed within sixty days
  • the number of permits that required further information requests, public notice, referral or involved submissions
  • the number of permits by category
  • changes in land use
  • comparison information with previous years and across schemes.
*Please note that the figures for 2013-14 do not contain data from Hepburn Shire Council.

Overview of Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in 2013-14

For the 2013-14 year:

  • the number or permits received was 56,411, an increase of 9.1% on 2012-13
  • the number of permits decided was 48,018, about the same as 2012-13
  • the estimated cost of works for planning permits issued was $19.8 billion
  • 67% of applications were decided within sixty days, compared to 66% in 2012-13
  • permits issued for new dwellings provided for an estimated increase of 50,876 new dwellings
  • permits issued for subdivision provided for an estimated 37,053 new lots
  • 18.7% of permits issued involved a change in land use; most of these to a residential use.

Permit applications and decisions across Victoria

Permit activity varies between metropolitan and rural Victoria and between the subgroups within these areas. 

  Total permit applications received Total permit applications decided
  2012-13 2013-14 Change 2012-13 2013-14 Change
Victoria 51,710 56,411 +9.1% 48,193 48,018 -0.4%
Metropolitan region 35,433 40,533 +14.4% 32,906 33,218 +0.9%
Inner and middle urban 20,049 24,376 +21.6% 18,498 19,542 +5.6%
Outer urban 10,173 10,629 +4.5% 9,631 9,065 -5.9%
Growth areas 5,211 5,528 +6.1% 4,777 4,611 -3.5%
Rural region 16,277 15,878 -2.5% 15,287 14,800 -3.2%
Peri-urban 4,405 4,371 -0.8% 4,053 4,033 -0.5%
Regional City LGA's 6,278 6,246 -0.5% 6,006 5,880 -2.1%
Small and medium regional 5,594 5,261 -5.9% 5,228 4,887 -6.5%

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF 266.2 KB)

Permit application activity by scheme

This chart shows variation in permit activity by scheme. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.

Applications received during 2011-12 by planning scheme 

Permit decisions by scheme

This chart shows the number of decisions made in each of the 82 planning scheme areas and the percentage decided within sixty days. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.

Application decisions made across the state during 2011-12

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table shows permit applications that relate to residential use :

  2012-13 2013-14
  Total dwelling permits Total dwelling permits % total permits issued Permit for one dwelling Permit for 2-10 dwellings Permit for more than 10 dwellings Total number of new dwellings
Victoria 9,568 11,577 21% 5,154 5818 605 50,876
               
Metropolitan region 6,473 8,264 20% 2,621 5,082 561 44,556
Inner and middle urban 3,355 4,436 18% 880 3,130 426 35,638
Outer urban 2,001 2,589 24% 1,336 1,168 85 5,477
Growth areas 1,117 1,239 22% 405 784 50 3,441
               
Rural Region 4,278 3,313 21% 2,533 736 44 6,320
Peri-urban 1,445 963 22% 830 124 9 1,898
Regional city LGAs 1,407 1,314 21% 742 545 27 3,310
Small and medium regional 1,426 1,036 20% 961 67 8 1,112

Planning permit activity summary for Victoria

The permit activity occurring within each planning scheme is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.

Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria

Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.

Planning permit activity by subgroup

Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.

Planning permit activity by planning scheme

Mostly a planning scheme aligns with a local government's area, however there are separate planning schemes for Alpine Resorts, Port of Melbourne and French and Sandstone Islands. The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the 82 planning schemes in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.


Previous planning permit activity reports

Activity reports have been published annually since 2004. In 2012, the Department moved to solely online publication of the data; the previous year's report can be viewed here.

Reports produced in 2011 and prior are available to view or download in PDF format from the PPARS website.

Contact us

If you have any questions or queries concerning this report, please email us.

Page last reviewed on 28 October 2014

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