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 during the advertising period and any time before a decision has been made.

What is the advertising period?

The Advertising Period is 14 days. When an application is made within our municipality that requires advertising, the application is advertised to those who may be detrimentally affected by the proposal. This can be in the form of mail, public notices on site and newspaper advertisements.

Steps outlining the objection process

To view an application currently being advertised please visit our ePlanning portal or contact our planning support team on 03 8290 3329

View more information and instructions on our Advertising page. 

How to lodge an objection


To lodge an objection using our ePlanning portal:

  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 person

You can also lodge your objection by post, email or in person.

Download the Objection Form(PDF, 245KB) .

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.

Your objection must:

  • be in writing
  • include your name, affected and postal address, phone number and email address
  • include the planning application number
  • outline the reason for the objection and how the application impacts you.

No. An objection is a public document. It is a requirement of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (s57(5)) that we make a copy of every objection available to any person, free of charge, during business hours. This can include the applicant, Councillors and VCAT.

Yes, it is. But remember that 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 must submit individual objections.

Once Council has received your submission, you will be sent (via email) an acknowledgment, confirming receipt of your objection.

A delegated Planning Officer will consider your objection when deciding on the planning application.

Please be advised that once you lodge your objection, the Planning Officer will not contact you directly. If you wish to discuss your objection or require further clarification on the process, please get in touch with the Planning Department on 03 8290 3329.

If you no longer have concerns about the application, you may withdraw your objection in writing.

An objection withdrawal must be unconditional.

If you withdraw your objection, you won't be informed of the decision, and you will lose the right to apply to VCAT for a review if you are not satisfied with Council's decision.

The Planning Officer may determine if a community consultation meeting is necessary before deciding on the application.

This meeting aims to bring planning permit applicants and objectors together to discuss the proposal and the concerns. No decision is made on the application at this meeting. The discussions in the meeting may result in changes to the plans to address concerns with the proposal.

Council Officers must consider all objections up until the point where the planner makes a decision.

  • If Council does not support the application, a Notice of Refusal is issued.
  • If Council supports the application and no objections have been received, then a Planning Permit can be issued.
  • If Council supports the application and objections have been received, a Notice of Decision to Grant a Planning Permit is issued.

Please note: A Notice of Decision is not a Planning Permit, but rather Council's intention to issue a Permit. The notice states the conditions to be included on the permit if it is issued.

If you object to an application, you will be sent a copy of the Notice of Decision.

You will have 28 days from the date the decision is issued to apply for review at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

If no applications to review are lodged within the 28-day timeframe, a Planning Permit will issue.

  • Construction impacts such as hours of construction and noise from construction
  • Depreciation of property values
  • Commercial advantage. Council may reject an objection that it considers having been made primarily to secure or maintain a direct or indirect commercial advantage for the objector
  • Asbestos
  • Loss of views