Planning scheme and amendments

Stonnington Planning Scheme

The Stonnington Planning Scheme came into operation on 13 July 2000 and sets out the direction for using, developing and protecting land within the city.

The Planning Scheme is made up of four key components.

  1. Planning Policy Framework - a standard set of planning policies and controls that apply to all local government areas within Victoria. We cannot change the Planning Policy Framework.
  2. Municipal Strategic Statement - an outline of our local government's key land use and development objectives and strategies. The Statement provides the basis for zones, overlays and particular provisions. We review the Municipal Strategic Statement every three years.
  3. Local planning policies.
  4. Planning Scheme maps.

More information can be found in the:

View the Stonnington Planning Scheme during business hours:
Stonnington City Centre
311 Glenferrie Road, Malvern

Amendment C312ston: Planning Policy Framework Translation

As part of the Smart Planning reform program undertaken by the State Government, all local governments in Victoria have been required to translate local policies within their Planning Schemes into a newly structured Planning Policy Framework (PPF).

Local policies within the Stonnington Planning Scheme were translated into the new Planning Policy Framework and Municipal Planning Strategy, in line with this revised structure. This process was overseen by the State Government and was considered through a ministerial amendment as a policy neutral translation.

Council considered the proposed PPF Translation on 28 June 2021 and resolved to request the Minister for Planning to prepare, adopt and approve Planning Scheme Amendment C312ston.

Amendment C312ston, which includes the updated Planning Policy Framework and Municipal Planning Strategy came into effect on 11 May 2023.

To find out more, please see Council agenda (PDF 631 KB) from the 28 June 2021 Council meeting, or contact Strategic Planning on 03 8290 1395.

Planning Scheme amendments

From time to time, changes are made to the Planning Scheme. These changes are called Planning Scheme amendments and may be introduced to respond to changes in the area, in a new council policy or to improve how the scheme operates.

Amendments to the Stonnington Planning Scheme can be prepared by Council or the Minister for Planning.

Individuals and other parties may request an amendment to the planning scheme. To be considered, the request must:

  • be in writing
  • present justification for the amendment.

Council is under no obligation to prepare an amendment and, after assessing a request, may decide not to proceed.

Current Planning Scheme amendments

Planning Scheme amendment Status

C320ston – Toorak, Armadale and Kooyong Heritage Review

Amendment C320ston proposes to amend the Stonnington Planning Scheme to implement the findings of the Toorak, Kooyong and Armadale Heritage Reviews. 

Council meeting to consider Panel Report and recommendations – anticipated November 2023

C319ston – Interim controls for Toorak, Armadale and Kooyong

Applies the Heritage Overlay (HO) to seventeen new individual places, two new precincts, one new serial nomination of four properties and extensions to one existing precinct, all on an interim basis while permanent controls are considered through Amendment C320ston.

Approved – Gazetted 25 November 2022 

C316ston – Malvern Heritage Review

Proposes to implement the recommendations of the Malvern Heritage Review

Approval under consideration

C296ston – Municipal Wide Development Contribution Plan

Applies a Development Contribution Plan Overlay to all land in the Stonnington Planning Scheme.

Approved - Gazetted 31 August 2023

C272ston – Hawksburn Village Structure Plan

Implementing the Hawksburn Village Structure Plan recommendations and strategic directions into the Stonnington Planning Scheme.

Approved – Gazetted 11 February 2021

C285ston – Interwar, Post-war and Early Modern Neighbourhood Character Overlays

Applies a Neighbourhood Character Overlay and Design and Development Overlay to four Early Modern/Post-war, Interwar/Post-war and Post-war precincts.

Approved – Gazetted 12 November 2020

C304ston – Compilation Heritage Amendment

Applies Heritage Overlays to one new precinct and three individual places, and revisions and extensions to four existing precincts.

Approved - Gazetted 30 March 2023

View all Stonnington Planning Scheme amendments on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

For more information, email our City Strategy team at or call 03 8290 1333.