Objecting to an Application

Anyone who believes they may be detrimentally affected by a planning application is entitled to object.

Objections should be lodged within fourteen days from the start of the advertising period, however, late objections can be lodged at any time prior to the decision being made. Objections must be in writing, legible, include your name and address and must also state how you think the proposal will affect you.

Objection can now be lodged on-line!  

To lodge an objection via ePlanning follow these easy steps:

  1. Use the Planning Register to locate the relevant application
  2. Click the Actions button
  3. Select Lodge an Objection
  4. Complete the onscreen form, upload any relevant documents 
  5. Click Submit  

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Alternatively, you can lodge your objection by post, fax, email or in person

  • Mail: PO Box 58, Malvern VIC 3144
  • Fax: 9521 2255
  • Email: council@stonnington.vic.gov.au
  • In person at the Planning Counter, on the ground floor at the Stonnington City Centre, 311 Glenferrie Road Malvern


    You may still object to an application, even if you are not formally notified, as long as you have valid grounds. All objections received are made available for public inspection during the entire application process.

    If you lodge an objection, you will be notified of the decision we make on the application.

    To make an objection, you should clearly complete the details on this form and lodge it with Council.

    An objection must:

    • state the reason for your objection
    • state how you would be affected if a permit is granted.

    Council may reject an objection that it considers has been made primarily to secure or maintain a direct or indirect commercial advantage for the objector. In this case, the objection will not be considered.  

    Please note objections are not confidential. As required by S57 of the Planning and Environment Act, Council must make a copy of every objection available to any person to inspect, free of charge, during business hours.  

    Petitions and multiple signatories

    Petitions are counted as one objection, regardless of the number of signatories.  Separate objections are required from each petitioner if you wish to have objector status, otherwise only the first signatory OR any other person as directed, will be registered as an objector.