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

The new Know Your Council website provides information and transparency.

26 November 2015

The Victorian Government's new Know Your Council website is an accessible, easy to understand online resource that helps the community.

Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper – Have your say on Plan Melbourne

22 October 2015

The Victorian Government has released a Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper to bring together community and industry voices about how we plan for growth across our city.

Review to shape Melbourne’s central city

8 September 2015

The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning is conducting a review of Melbourne’s central city built form over the next 12 months.

Page last reviewed on 26 November 2015

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