How to Apply for a Planning Permit

Apply Online

You can now apply for a Planning Permit online.

Apply In Person

Brimbank Community and Civic Centre
301 Hampshire Rd

Important Note: We process applications digitally. If you are lodging ‘Hard Copy’ plans, a scanning fee applies.

If you have a USB, we can help you lodge your application online at our Planning Service Desk.

How do I pay?

  • Online: Credit/debit cards.
  • In person: Cash, credit/debit card, and cheque.

Essential Planning Application Documentation

The Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Planning and Environment Regulations 2015 requires that you must submit the documents and fees listed below with your application:

  • Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) Certificate (if applicable) (Only for projects over $1 million)
  • Relevant fee
  • Copy of Title and Plan of Subdivision (produced within the last 3 months)
  • Copy of any Covenants or Section 173 Agreements registered on Title (under ‘Encumbrances’)
  • Written Submission accompanying your application (i.e. ResCode Submission or a submission based on the zone’s application requirements)
  • Scaled and dimensioned plans including:
    – existing conditions plan
    – demolition plan
    – proposed site, floor and elevation plans
    – feature survey plan
    – materials and colour schedule
    – if it’s a ‘ResCode’ application, Neighbourhood and Site Description and Design Response Plan.

Applications missing any of this information will not be accepted.

Amending a Planning Permit

You can only apply to amend a permit if it’s still valid. The permit’s conditions tell you when it will expire. It's usually the last condition on the permit.

A planning permit will generally expire two years from the date of issue. However, this isn’t always the case – so check the permit’s expiry date carefully.

You may amend the:

  • Planning Permit’s conditions
  • Use or development that was approved
  • Approved plans (drawings) or other documentation.

Amendments can be minor or complex. You can also apply for changes if the development has been built in accordance with the permit, and you wish to alter it at a later stage.

For further advice on amendments, please read how to complete the Application Form to Amend a Planning Permit or visit the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine.

What if my permit is due to expire or has expired?

You can apply for an extension if you:

  • Haven’t started the use or the construction (commencement)
  • Have started construction, but haven’t finished in time (completion).

You can only apply for an extension in these timeframes:

  • Before the permit expires
  • Within 6 months after the permit expires, if the development has not yet commenced
  • Within 12 months after the permit expires, if the development lawfully commenced before the expiry date and you wish to extend the time to complete the development.

If you submit your request outside these times, we cannot extend the permit – the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) can’t either. You must apply for a new Planning Permit.

To request an extension to your Planning Permit, complete the Extension of Time Form and submit with the applicable fee.