Find information and services about planning 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

Reform to boost infrastructure investment for communities

11 June 2015

The Government has tabled the Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions ) Bill 2015 in Parliament. The amendment seeks to reform the current infrastructure contributions system to ensure roads, drainage, parks, sport and community facilities can be delivered in growth and strategic development areas in a more efficient and cost effective way.

Recognising Objectors Bill introduced to give communities a fair go

27 May 2015

The Government has tabled the Recognising Objectors Bill 2015 in Parliament which seeks to add a new decision-making consideration into the Planning and Environment Act 1987 requiring responsible authorities and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to have regard to, where appropriate, the number of objectors to a permit application when considering whether the proposal may have a significant social effect. 

Community to have a say on apartment design

14 May 2015

The Victorian Government has released a new discussion paper – Better Apartments – to bring together community and industry voices about how to improve the internal design amenity of apartments. 

Page last reviewed on 19 June 2015

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