Planning Resources

In this section you will find a range of information and resources relating to your planning needs.

 


FAQs

What is the difference between a Building and a Planning Permit?

  • A Planning Permit is for the use and/or development of land.
  • A Building Permit relates to the construction of a development only, not what the land can be used for.

If a Planning Permit is required for the development, then the Stonnington Building Department also should be contacted to determine if there is a need for a Building Permit as well.

Visit the Building Department for further information about building permits. 

Where can I obtain a Copy of Title?

A Copy of Title can be obtained from LANDATA. Costs may vary depending on the information you require.

What is a Planning Certificate?

A Planning Certificate is issued by the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure to provide details of:

  • the zoning of a property
  • the planning instrument affecting a property
  • any other planning controls affecting the property such as any heritage controls.

While Council can give an indication of zoning and overlays, a Planning Certificate is required to verify this information. The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure is the responsible authority for issuing planning certificates. Stonnington Council cannot issue planning certificates.

What is a VicSmart application?

VicSmart is a simple and fast planning permit process for straightforward applications.

You can use VicSmart to apply for:

  • minor subdivisions
  • minor buildings and works
  • tree removal and lopping
  • small advertising signs
  • car parking and loading bay waivers.

Please refer to the links below to see if your application is eligible for VicSmart:

VicSmart-Applicants-Guide-to-Lodging-a-VicSmart-Application-2017.pdf(PDF, 1018KB)  

 

Sites of interest

Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure was established to closely link town planning with community development to build active, confident, and inclusive communities. Refer to this site for an overview of the Victorian Government’s commitment to urban planning and development.

Planning Schemes and Maps Online

Planning schemes set out policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land for an area. As well as planning schemes, this site also offers two new online planning services - interactive Planning Maps Online and the Planning Property Reports.

Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

VCAT is an independent body responsible for dealing with disputes about consumer matters, credit, discrimination, domestic building works, guardianship, residential tenancies and retail tenancies.  

Planning Institute Australia (PIA)

The Planning Institute Australia (PIA) is the Australian planning professionals’ organisation. It aims to advance regional and town planning and promotes the artistic and scientific development of regions, cities and towns.

Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects is a peak national association representing architects and the integrity and standing of the profession.

Heritage Victoria

Heritage Victoria is located within the Department of Planning and Community Development. It supports the Heritage Council through research, recommends additions to the Register and issues permits for alterations to heritage places.

Responsible Alcohol Victoria

As part of the Department of Justice, this website allows you to view and download copies of Liquor Licenses issued throughout Victoria.

Subdivisions

What is a subdivision?

Subdivision is the creation of separately disposable (sellable) units of a building or lots of land. This is done via a licensed land surveyor who draws up a plan of subdivision for approval and lodgment with the Titles Office. Buildings may be subdivided upon completion, sometime after completion or on the basis of proposed completion such as off the plan.

The Building Regulations contain a special provision that each part of a building being subdivided must individually conform to the Regulations. In the case of older buildings, this means that, even though parts may have been occupied for some time, purchasers should be able to expect that each part complies with current regulations. Typically this means aspects such as fire-separation, exit-travel distances and facilities may need upgrading.

Should there be adequate cause for a building to not be upgraded to meet this requirement, the municipal building surveyor, or a private building surveyor carrying out building permit functions with respect to the work, may issue an exemption from conforming with current regulations.

All you need to know about subdivisions

For a step-by-step guide to the subdivision process, please refer to the following link:

Subdivision Q & A(PDF, 59KB)

Bodies corporate and owners' corporations

A body corporate is an English legal expression for a corporation - a legal entity representing a number of individuals as a single unit. The term, which had been used to apply to the entity comprising and representing the owners of flats or units, has now been changed in Victoria to ‘owner’s corporation’

Useful links for subdivisions

What to consider when buying a flat(PDF, 175KB)

New laws for bodies corporate(PDF, 94KB)

What house is that?

A guide to Victoria's housing styles

Heritage Victoria and Victorian Building Authority have developed a publication called What house is that?

Nine key housing styles in Victoria are explored and the guide is available in hard copy, PDF or as an interactive webpage.

http://heritage.vic.gov.au/Heritage-places-objects/What-house-is-that/

ResCode

One Dwelling on a lot - Clause 54

Purpose

  • to implement the State Planning Policy Framework and the Local Planning Policy Framework, including the Municipal Strategic Statement and local planning policies
  • to achieve residential development that respects the existing neighbourhood character or which contributes to a preferred neighbourhood character
  • to encourage residential development that provides reasonable standards of amenity for existing and new residents
  • to encourage residential development that is responsive to the site and the neighbourhood.  

Application

These provisions apply to an application to construct a building or construct or carry out works associated with one dwelling on a lot under the provisions of:

  • a Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone, Neighbourhood Residential Zone, Mixed Use Zone or Township Zone.
  • a Neighbourhood Character Overlay if the land is in a Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone, Neighbourhood Residential Zone, Mixed Use Zone or Township Zone.

For detailed information about Clause 54 and Clauses 54.01- 54.06, visit http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/stonnington.

Two or more dwellings on a lot - Clause 55

Purpose

  • to implement the State Planning Policy Framework and the Local Planning Policy Framework, including the Municipal Strategic Statement and local planning policies
  • to achieve residential development that respects the existing neighbourhood character or which contributes to a preferred neighbourhood character
  • to encourage residential development that provides reasonable standards of amenity for existing and new residents
  • to encourage residential development that is responsive to the site and the neighbourhood.

Application

These provisions apply to an application to:

  • construct a dwelling if there is at least one dwelling on the lot
  • construct two or more dwellings on a lot
  • extend a dwelling if there are two or more dwellings on the lot
  • construct or extend a dwelling on common property
  • construct or extend a residential building in the Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone, Neighbourhood Residential Zone, Mixed Use Zone or Township Zone.[s9] [m10]
     

These provisions do not apply to an application to construct or extend a development of four or more levels, excluding a basement — see Clause 15 of the State Government High Density Guidelines for more information on these types of developments.

Waste management

If you need assistance in relation to residential waste storage and disposal requirements, please refer to the following link:  

Residential Waste Information(PDF, 695KB)

Hedgeley Dene NCO applications

Neighbourhood Character Overlay - Hedgeley Dene, Clause 43.05

The following advisory note is to assist individual property owners, builders, designers and planners involved in the preparation of a planning permit application within the Hedgeley Dene Overlay area:

Hedgeley Dene Adv Note Jan 07(PDF, 654KB)