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.

Building policy

Information about building policy and legislation in Victoria.

News and Events

Proposed planning changes for Melbourne’s central city

26 April 2016

The Victorian Government has proposed new planning controls to guide development and support the long-term liveability of Melbourne’s central city.

Managing growth background paper released

4 December 2015

A background paper to the Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper was released today that sets out a plan for delivering coordinated infrastructure across Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs.

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.

Page last reviewed on 27 April 2016

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