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.

For more information on changes to the Planning Scheme:

Changes to the Planning Scheme