Find information and services about planning in Victoria.

About planning in Victoria

Find out about the planning system 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

Changes to wind farm planning laws

20 March 2015

The Victorian Government has announced changes to wind farm planning laws that reduce the allowable distance of a wind turbine to a dwelling from two kilometres to one kilometre subject to the landowner’s consent and decisions on new wind farm planning applications will now rest with the Minister for Planning.

Minister's Assessment of the Kilmore-Wallan Bypass EES Inquiry and Advisory Committee Report released today

11 March 2015

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has released his assessment of the proposed Kilmore Wallan Bypass together with the independent Inquiry Panel report on the project. The Minister's Assessment, Inquiry Panel report and project information can be found here.


Independent panel to consider submissions on Bourke Hill built form controls

17 February 2015

Submissions on mandatory height controls for the Bourke Hill precinct in Melbourne's CBD have been referred to an Independent Panel for consideration.

Page last reviewed on 16 March 2015

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