Apply for planning permit

For your application you'll need to submit:

  • a completed application form (which is available in our ePlanning portal
  • 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.

You can find detailed information requirements in our ePlanning portal and also in the checklist accompanying each application pack.

Developing on a site of less than 500m2

If you’re seeking a permit for a site of less than 500 square metres in area you’ll need to provide additional ResCode information. 

Before you apply we recommend you:

Plan ahead

  • Research any planning policies or guidelines that may apply to your proposed development or site.
  • Consider engaging a design professional, sustainability consultant, 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 to illustrate the characteristics of the site and surrounding area.

Prepare concept or sketch plans

  • Prepare 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 Sustainability in Your Planning Application for submission requirements. 

Get free pre-application advice

  • We offer pre-application advice 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. 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’re 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’re unhappy with an aspect of your proposal, you may be able to reach a compromise before lodging your planning application.
  • Being upfront from the start will reduce the potential for conflict later on. If there are no objections to what you’re proposing, it’s likely your applications will be processed faster.

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 the checklist (available in our ePlanning portal as well as our application pack) to make sure you’ve completed all the required information and then lodge your planning application with Council.

How to apply:


Use the Planning Register in our ePlanning portal to locate the relevant application and apply online.

Apply for a permit via ePlanning


By mail

Each form includes detailed instructions on what information you need to provide in your application:

Standard Application Form

Download Standard Application Form(PDF, 350KB)

Use this form for all new planning permit applications except Melbourne Water Special Building Overlay and Hedgeley Dene Tree Works which have separate forms.

Special Building Overlay - Melbourne Water-only application form

Download Melbourne Water-only SBO form(PDF, 291KB)

This form is for sites which are over 500 square metres in area and for which the only trigger for a planning permit is the Special Building Overlay for Melbourne Water. 

You need to contact Melbourne Water before you lodge your application and enclose the approved plans and covering letter with your application.

For more information see Clause 44.05 of the Stonnington Planning Scheme.

Hedgeley Dene – Neighbourhood Character Overlay tree works-only application form

Download Hedgeley Dene NCO Tree Work form(PDF, 353KB)

Use this form for sites within Hedgeley Dene where the only trigger for a planning permit is to lop, prune or remove trees - Neighbourhood Character Overlay. 

For more information see Clause 43.05 of the Stonnington Planning Scheme.


Download VicSmart application form(PDF, 338KB)

VicSmart is a simple and fast planning permit process for permit applications relating to:

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

Can I revise a plan after I’ve submitted it?

Yes, you can:

  • lodge revised plans to a planning application
  • change the proposal details or site address (where a decision has not been made) 

We’ll need you to complete a Revised Application Declaration form and fee (if applicable) before we can accept the revisions or detail changes for assessment.

This form is available on the ePlanning portal, but you can also download it below. 

Revise your submission via ePlanning

Download the Revised Application Declaration form(PDF, 223KB).