Object to an application

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

You can lodge an objection to the planning application 14 days after the start of its advertising period and any time before the planning application decision has been made.

What is the advertising period?

When someone in our municipality applies for a planning permit, we advertise the application to anyone who might be detrimentally affected by the proposal. We might notify neighbours by mail, erect public notices on site or place advertisements in the paper.

We also advertise all applications on our ePlanning portal.

View more information and instructions on our Advertising page.

You can inspect the application at our office or call one of our planning support officers on 03 8290 3329 to have the advertised material emailed to you.

How to lodge an objection


To lodge an objection using our ePlanning portal follow these steps:

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

In writing or in person

If you'd prefer not to use our online portal, you can use this form below to lodge your objection by post, fax, email or in person.

Download the Objection Form(PDF, 171KB)

Objections must be in writing, legible, include your name and address and must also state how you think the proposal will affect you.

Mail: PO Box 58, Malvern VIC 3144

Email: council@stonnington.vic.gov.au

In person: Visit the Planning Counter on the ground floor at the Stonnington City Centre, 311 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

What needs to go in my objection?

An objection must:

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

Will my objection be confidential?

No. It's a requirement of the Planning and Environment Act that we make a copy of every objection available to any person to inspect, free of charge, during business hours.

Commercial advantage

Council may reject an objection that it considers to have been made primarily to secure or maintain a direct or indirect commercial advantage for the objector.

Is a petition a form of objection?

Yes it is. But keep in mind one petition is counted as one objection, regardless of the number of signatories. Only the first signatory (or any other person as directed) will be registered as an objector. 

If petitioners wish to have separate objector status they will need to submit individual objections.