Planning Scheme

Each local government area within Victoria has its own new format Planning Scheme. Planning Schemes set the direction for the use, development, and protection of land within the municipality. To find out more about new format planning schemes visit the Department of Transport, Planning & Local Infrastructure.  

A full copy of the Stonnington Planning Scheme, the Planning Scheme Maps, and Incorporated Documents are available for viewing at the Planning Counter or click here.

The City of Stonnington's format Planning Scheme came into operation on 13 July 2000. The key components of the Planning Scheme are:

  • State Planning Policy Framework
  • Municipal Strategic Statement
  • Local Planning Policies
  • Planning scheme maps

The State Planning Policy Framework contains a standard set of planning policies and controls that apply to all local government areas within Victoria. Council cannot change the State Planning Policy Framework.

The Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) outlines the key land use and development objectives and strategies for the municipality. The MSS provides the basis for zones, overlays and particular provisions. Council will review the MSS every three years.

Local Planning Policies seek to implement the objectives and strategies contained in the Municipal Strategic Statement.

Changes to the Planning Scheme

The Stonnington Planning Scheme can only be changed by an amendment to the Scheme. An amendment may involve a change to a map within the Planning Scheme (often a rezoning) or a change to the written text of the scheme or changes to both.

Generally Council prepares amendments to the Planning Scheme to address significant planning issues. The Minister for Planning can also prepare amendments to the Stonnington Planning Scheme.

Other parties can request an amendment to the Stonnington Planning Scheme. Council will consider written requests for amendments for amendments that justify why the amendment should be prepared. Council is under no obligation to prepare any amendment and may choose not to do so after assessing the request.

For further information about the process to amend Planning Schemes visit the Department of Transport, Planning & Local Infrastructure. All amendments to the Stonnington Planning Scheme that are currently on exhibition are available for public inspection at Council's Planning Counter and at the Department of Transport, Planning  & Local Infrastructure, located at:

1 Spring Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

Phone: 9655 8830