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.

  • Plan Melbourne Refresh
    Yarra River Protection

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.

Building policy

Information about building policy and legislation in Victoria.

News and Events

Have your say on Better Apartment standards

15 August 2016

Draft apartment design standards have been released for public consultation before guidelines are introduced later this year.

What will Victoria look like in 2051?

15 July 2016

The annual report on Victoria's official population and household projections, Victoria in Future 2016, confirms we remain the fastest-growing state in the country with our population expected to reach 10.1 million by 2051.

Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) discussion paper launched

1 July 2016

All Victorians are being encouraged to contribute their ideas on how best to project the Yarra River (Birrarung) for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Page last reviewed on 19 September 2016

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