Find information and services about planning in Victoria.

About planning in Victoria

Find out about the planning system in Victoria

Policy and strategy

Policy and plans guiding the future development of Melbourne and Victoria's regional areas.

Planning schemes

Planning schemes set out policies and provisions for use, development and protection of land. Each local government area in Victoria is covered by a planning scheme.

Planning applications

A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission for a use or development on land. Find out how to obtain a planning permit in Victoria.

Planning and building for bushfire protection

Information and resources on planning and building for bushfire in Victoria.

Panels and committees

Planning panels and committees are appointed to consider and advise on planning proposals and policies.

Urban design and development

The high quality of life we enjoy in Melbourne and across Victoria is recognised around the world.

Environmental assessment

The department manages the assessment procedures of projects with potentially significant environmental effects.

News and Events

Recasting Fishermans Bend for the community

17 April 2015

The Victorian Government has announced details of the recast and improved Fishermans Bend precinct, putting people back into the decision making process while ensuring the area becomes a vibrant and sustainable community, supporting jobs and economic growth.

Plan Melbourne reboot

27 March 2015

The Government is giving Plan Melbourne a reboot to ensure it delivers the kind of city the community needs.

Changes to wind farm planning laws

2 April 2015

The Victorian Government has changed wind farm planning laws that reduce the allowable distance of a wind turbine to a dwelling with the landowner's consent to one kilometre from two kilometres. The Minister for Planning will make decisions on all new wind farm planning applications.

Page last reviewed on 16 March 2015

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