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

Victoria's population and household projections

6 August 2015

The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning has released Victoria's official population and household projections, Victoria in Future 2015.

VicSmart Online Guide now live

30 June 2015

VicSmart is a streamlined planning permit assessment process for straightforward, low-impact applications such as simple land subdivisions as well as minor building and construction works.

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. 

Page last reviewed on 21 July 2015

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