Lodging an Application

When you lodge your application with Council, you are required to submit:

  • a completed application form  
  • the correct application fee
  • a recent copy of your Land Title including details of any covenants or encumbrances noted on the title
  • a written summary of works you plan to undertake
  • a copy of any site plan
  • a copy of any elevations
  • any photographs you have of the site.

Additional ResCode information is required for single dwellings on a site less than 500 square metres (refer to Clause 54.01 of the Stonnington Planning Scheme) and for multi-unit developments (refer to Clause 55.01 of the Stonnington Planning Scheme).

Detailed information requirements are set out in the checklist accompanying each application pack.

It is important that you provide all the necessary information so we can assess your application efficiently.


Helpful tips

On-line Services

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Do your homework

  • Research any planning policies or guidelines that may apply to your proposed development or site.
  • Consider engaging a design professional, sustainability consultant and/or planning consultant, particularly if your proposal is large or complex.

Undertake a site analysis

  • Take photographs of the site and surrounding area, including neighbouring properties.
  • Consider sustainability opportunities and constraints.
  • Talk to adjoining property owners to find out what they value about their property and why.
  • Engage a surveyor to record the exact dimensions, slope and conditions of the site and the surrounding area (if necessary).
  • Prepare a site description in order to illustrate the characteristics of the site and surrounding area.

Prepare concept / sketch plans

  • Prepare concept / sketch plans of your proposal, taking into consideration the opportunities and constraints identified by your site analysis.
  • Consider the integration of sustainable design and landscaping into your proposed development.
  • Prepare a design response statement, outlining how your preliminary design has responded to the site and surrounding area, including sustainable design aspects.
  • Refer to Sustainable Design for submission requirements.

Pre application advice

  • Pre application advice is available to help with the more complex land use and major development proposals.  Before you lodge your planning application, you can submit a pre-application advice request (PDF, 97KB)for preliminary advice. For simple proposals or alterations and additions, you can pop in to our office and have a brief discussion with one of our planners.
  • We can let you know if you are on the right track, and discuss any potential issues or areas of concern with you. We can also tell you about any relevant Council policies that you will need to consider when preparing your application.

Talk to your neighbours

  • You may wish to talk to your neighbours before finalising your plans. If they are unhappy with an aspect of your proposal, you may be able to reach a compromise before lodging your planning application.
  • Being up front from the start will reduce the potential for conflict later on. If there are no objections to what you are proposing, it is likely that Council will take less time to process your application.

Review and finalise your plans

  • Weigh up the feedback received from Council and your neighbours. Review your plans and incorporate any suggested changes that you think are reasonable.
  • Finalise your plans and any written material, including your neighbourhood and site description and design response.

Lodge your application

  • Refer to our checklist to ensure you have completed all the required information and then lodge your planning application with Council.