Codes and guidelines

A Code of Practice for Telecommunications Facilities in Victoria, July 2004
Activity Centre Design Guidelines
Activity Centre Zone Mapping Style Guide
A 'Good Neighbour' Code of Practice for a Circus or Carnival, October 1997
Alpine Planning Information Kit
Apiary Code of Practice
Building Envelopes Information Kit, June 2003
Code of Practice - Private Tennis Court Development, Revision 1, March 1999
Communicating Data with Colour Guide, April 2011
Continuous Improvement Review Kit
Development Contributions Guidelines
Freeway Service Centre Design Guidelines
Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development
How to Get the Best Out of Planning: A Guide to Facilitating Meetings
Infrastructure Contributions Plan Guidelines
Model Officer Report and Templates
Planning: a Short Guide
Planning permit applications in potable water supply catchment areas
Policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria, April 2015
Safer Design Guidelines
Subdivision Act User Guide
Using Victoria's Planning System
Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP)
Writing Planning Permits


A Code of Practice for Telecommunications Facilities in Victoria, July 2004

This code sets out the circumstances and requirements under which land may be developed for a telecommunications facility, and sets out principles for the design, siting, construction and operation of such a facility.
A Code of Practice for Telecommunications Facilities in Victoria, reissued 2004 (PDF, 156.1 KB, 18 pp.)

Activity Centre Design Guidelines

The Activity Centre Design Guidelines will help support councils and developers in creating well designed activity centres in Victoria. The Guidelines will provide advice to developers, planners and place managers on what constitutes best-practice in developing vibrant, high quality activity centres. Published by the Victorian Government in January 2005, ISBN 1 74106 945 9.
Activity Centre Design Guidelines (PDF, 1.1 MB, 54 pp.)

Activity Centre Zone Mapping Style Guide, July 2015

The Activity Centre Zone Mapping Style Guide has been developed to assist in the production of maps to be included in an Activity Centre Zone Schedule (ACZ Schedule)

Activity Centre Zone Mapping Guide

A 'Good Neighbour' Code of Practice for a Circus or Carnival, October 1997

This code aims to protect the amenity of residents and provide a degree of certainty to the circus and carnival industry by setting out the relevant 'Requirements to be met' if a site is to be occupied by a circus or a carnival for short periods.
A 'Good Neighbour' Code of Practice for a Circus or Carnival, October 1997 (PDF, 2.2 MB, 13 pp.)

Alpine Planning Information Kit

The Alpine Planning Information Kit is an online guide to assist anyone contemplating use or development in the Victorian Alpine Resorts. It outlines the planning process, requirements and expectations about development in the Victorian Alpine Resorts.

Apiary Code of Practice, May 2011

This code was prepared to facilitate the consistent consideration of apiary activities throughout the State.
Apiary Code of Practice, May 2011 (PDF, 1.8 MB, 20 pp.)

Building Envelopes Information Kit

The Building Envelopes Information Kit provides information on the design, approval and application of building envelopes that are created through planning permits for residential subdivision. More information about building envelopes.

Code of Practice - Private Tennis Court Development, Revision 1, March 1999

This code was prepared in response to the need for a consistent approach to planning controls over private tennis courts throughout the State.
Code of practice - Private Tennis Court Development, Revision 1, March 1999 (PDF, 208.3 KB, 8 pp.)

Communicating Data with Colour Guide, April 2011

This guide explains the issues confronting people who are colour blind in accessing planning information and provides practical advice and tools for preparation of planning documents that meet colour accessibility requirements.

Communicating Data with Colour Guide

Continuous Improvement Review Kit

The Continuous Improvement Review Kit, February 2006 provides a methodology and tools to help councils undertake a review of their planning schemes and planning processes.
Continuous Improvement Review Kit, February 2006 (PDF, 1.8 MB, 60 pp.)
Introduction and the review process - part of Continuous Improvement Review Kit (PDF, 748.7 KB, 14 pp.)
Appendices B and C - part of Continuous Improvement Review Kit (PDF, 746.4 KB, 14 pp.)
Appendix A - audit tools - part of Continuous Improvement Review Kit (PDF, 302.4 KB, 29 pp.)
Appendix A1: Planning scheme audit tool - Continuous Improvement Review Kit (DOC, 87.0 KB, 10 pp.)
Appendix A2: File audit tool - Continuous Improvement Review Kit (DOC, 47.5 KB, 4 pp.)
Appendix A3: Planning workload and office statistics audit tool - Continuous Improvement Review Kit (DOC, 242.0 KB, 4 pp.)
Appendix A4: Planning processes audit tool - Continuous Improvement Review Kit (DOC, 289.0 KB, 9 pp.)

Development Contributions Guidelines

Development contributions are payments or in-kind works, facilities or services provided by developers towards the supply of infrastructure required to meet the future needs of a particular community of which the development forms part. The Guidelines advise about the appropriate and practical application of the development contributions system. The guidelines comprise:
Understanding Development Contributions (PDF, 398.9 KB, 25 pp.)
Preparing a Full Cost Apportionment DCP (PDF, 2.1 MB, 66 pp.)
Incorporating the DCP into the planning scheme (PDF, 478.2 KB, 32 pp.)
 

When preparing a DCP a planning authority should have regard to Ministerial Directions for preparing DCPs. A Building Practice Note provides guidance to building surveyors on how to collect community infrastructure levies.

Freeway Service Centre Design Guidelines, May 1997

This guideline provides direction regarding the location, design and layout of freeway service centres, with particular reference to safety and access requirements; assistance to local councils when assessing the planning merits of proposals for freeway service centres; and confirms the expectations of the Minister for Planning in relation to the performance of freeway service centres.
Freeway service centre design guidelines (PDF, 1.1 MB, 49 pp.)

Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development

The guidelines provide advice to developers, councils and communities about what constitutes best-practice in higher density housing. Published by the Victorian Government in October 2004, ISBN 1 74106 191 1.
Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development, Introduction, Element 1 (PDF, 1.1 MB, 18 pp.)
Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development, Elements 2, 3 & 4 (PDF, 2.0 MB, 34 pp.)
Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development, Elements 4, 5 & Appendix (PDF, 1.3 MB, 16 pp.)

How to Get the Best Out of Planning: A Guide to Facilitating Meetings

This guide sets out good practice methods for using facilitation techniques to get better outcomes for planning decision making.
How to get the best out of planning: A guide to facilitating meetings August 1997 (PDF, 423.4 KB, 29 pp.)

Infrastructure Contributions Plan Guidelines

The Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) system is a new system for levying contributions from developers to fund the basic and essential infrastructure needed by new and growing communities. It was introduced on 27 October 2016 to apply to metropolitan greenfield growth areas. Regional greenfield growth areas and strategic development areas will be added later.
Infrastructure Contributions Plan Guidelines (PDF 4.3 MB) or (DOC 765.0 KB)

Model Officer Report and Templates

The Model Officer Report templates have been prepared for councils as a set of standard documents to assist with the process of considering a planning permit application. The report and associated checklists, assessment tables and templates will help to clarify the relevant policy considerations and promote the efficient assessment of applications.
Model Officer Report (PDF, 686.6 KB, 14 pp.)
Pre application meeting file note - Model Officer Report (DOC, 37.5 KB, 2 pp.)
Checklist 1 Construction single/multi dwelling - Model Officer Report (DOC, 38.0 KB, 1 p.)
Checklist 2 Industrial - Model Officer Report (DOC, 36.0 KB, 1 p.)
Checklist 3 Business - Model Officer Report (DOC, 36.5 KB, 1 p.)
Checklist 4 Advertising signage - Model Officer Report (DOC, 35.0 KB, 1 p.)
Checklist 5 Waiver car parking - Model Officer Report (DOC, 32.5 KB, 1 p.)
Checkilist 6 Subdivision - Model Officer Report (DOC, 32.0 KB, 1 p.)
Application checklist - Model Officer Report (DOC, 40.5 KB, 2 pp.)
Planning Assessment Report - Model Officer Report (DOC, 41.5 KB, 4 pp.)
Assessment Table 1 One dwelling - Model Officer Report (DOC, 64.0 KB, 10 pp.)
Assessment Table 2 Two or more dwellings - Model Officer Report (DOC, 100.0 KB, 1 p.)

Planning: a Short Guide

Planning: a Short Guide was written specifically for the community and occasional users of the planning system. It focuses on the four most common planning processes - applying for and objecting to a planning permit and applying for and objecting to a planning scheme amendment. The guide is simply written but comprehensive and leads users through the necessary statutory procedures. It is not available in hard copy. See also 'Using Victoria's Planning System' listed below.
Planning: a Short Guide (PDF, 538.0 KB, 34 pp.)
Planning: a Short Guide (DOC, 383.5 KB, 33 pp.)

Planning permit applications in potable water supply catchment areas, November 2012

The guidelines have been prepared to assist responsible authorities and water corporations when assessing a planning permit application for use and development of land within open, potable water supply catchments. Published by the Victorian Government ISBN 978-1-74287-725-9 (online) View the Guidelines

Policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria, April 2015

See Wind energy facilities

Safer Design Guidelines

The guidelines have been developed to assist planners and designers apply design principles that will improve the safety of the built environment, minimise the opportunity for crime and promote safe, accessible and liveable places. Published by the Victorian Government in June 2005, ISBN 1 74152 003 7.
Safer Design Guidelines (PDF, 1.5 MB, 68 pp.)

Subdivision Act User Guide

This guide sets out the main elements and procedures for the approval of plans of subdivision, including procedures for the certification and registration of plans. It aims to provide advice to councils, servicing agencies and referral authorities about their responsibilities under the Subdivision Act and the Planning and Environment Act.
Subdivision Act User Guide, November 2012 (PDF, 729.5 KB, 49 pp.) or accessible Word version (DOC, 162.0 KB, 26 pp.)

Using Victoria's Planning System

Using Victoria's Planning System is a guide for those who use the planning system on a regular basis as well as those who have occasional contact with it. The guide is designed to assist professional planners, officers of authorities, councillors, students, people making an application for a planning permit and people who may be affected by planning proposals. It is a technical guide to interpretation and administrative procedures under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Planning and Environment Regulations 2005 and their interaction with other related legislation and planning schemes. It is not available in hard copy.

Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP)

The VPP is a source document for the standard provisions and format of planning schemes. More information about the VPP or view the Victoria Planning Provisions. The complete Victoria Planning Provisions may be printed from a single pdf provided at Victoria Planning Provisions.

Writing Planning Permits

Writing Planning Permits provides guidance to council planners who issue planning permits and includes principles and standard conditions.
Writing Planning Permits (PDF, 209.0 KB, 36 pp.)

Page last reviewed on 28 October 2016

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