Framework for planning schemes: Victoria Planning Provisions

The Planning and Environment Act 1987, provides for the Minister to prepare a set of standard provisions for planning schemes called the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP). These provisions form a template for all planning schemes.

From time to time, the Minister for Planning also issues directions to planning authorities about the form and content of planning schemes which guides how they are constructed.

What are the Victoria Planning Provisions?

The VPP is best considered as a state-wide reference document or template from which planning schemes are sourced and constructed. It is not a planning scheme and does not apply to any land.

It is a statutory device to ensure that consistent provisions for various matters are maintained across Victoria. Together with the Ministerial Direction on the Form and Content of Planning Schemes, it ensures that the construction and layout of planning schemes is consistent.

The VPP is a comprehensive set of standard planning provisions and provides a standard format for all Victorian planning schemes. It provides the framework, standard provisions and State planning policy. The planning authority (usually the local council) must provide the local planning policy content, including a Municipal Strategic Statement, and select the appropriate zones and overlays from the VPP, for inclusion in their planning scheme. The VPP also has references to a number of documents which are incorporated documents common to all planning schemes.

The suite of standard zones in the VPP has been designed to be flexible. This approach however reinforces the need for State and Local Policy Frameworks to provide clear guidance for decision makers and applicants alike. Councils must select zones and overlays only from the VPP.

View the Victoria Planning Provisions

Amendments to the VPP

Amendments to the VPP are made as required, to keep the VPP up to date and abreast with changes in policy and practice. The process for amending the VPP is generally the same as for a planning scheme, although there are some differences. Only the Minister or any other Minister, public authority or local council authorised by the Minister, may prepare an amendment to the VPP. Only the Minister for Planning can approve an amendment to the VPP.

An amendment to the provisions of the VPP will also amend specified planning schemes which include those provisions. When the VPP amendment is approved, the schemes are amended at the same time.

The Minister, the responsible authority, each local council and any person whom the Minister specifies, must keep an up to date copy of the VPP available for public inspection during office hours.

How to update print versions of a planning scheme and the Victoria Planning Provisions

If you retain a paper copy of the Victoria Planning Provisions or any Victorian planning scheme, follow the advice on this page to print updated pages.

Replacement page instruction sheets are available for every amendment to a planning scheme ordinance gazetted since 21 August 2006. They will help you identify which amended planning scheme pages need to be printed if you wish to update a hard copy of your planning scheme or the Victoria Planning Provisions.

The replacement page instruction sheets can be located in Planning Scheme Amendments Online.

  1. Select the local government area using the alphabetical display.
  2. Select the amendment.
  3. Select the tab named 'Approved Documentation'.
  4. The replacement page instruction sheet can be found under the header 'Replace a page instruction sheet'.
  5. Print this sheet.

Go to Planning Schemes Online and print the updated pages using the replacement page instruction sheet as a guide.

Page last reviewed on 3 May 2016

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