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Planning permits and building permits

Planning permits and building permits are different. They are controlled by different laws and regulations. This means that you may need a planning permit, building permit, or both depending on your proposed development or land use. 

If your project does require a planning permit, you must have the planning permit before a building permit can be issued.

Planning permits relate to the use of land in accordance with the planning scheme. A planning permit allows land to be subdivided, developed or used for a particular purpose, such as the use and construction of a house and any associated works; tree removal or to operate a business or other commercial activity.

Building permits ensure buildings are structurally safe, stable and comply with Building Regulations. A building permit may be required for a structure, fence or retaining wall. Building permits are issued by a registered building surveyor and must be consistent with requirements of a planning permit, if one was required.

The best way to find out what permits you need is to start with the Planning department to discuss your proposal. If required, our team will then refer you to the Building department to see if a building permit is required.

Building services

Information and advice on obtaining building permits, copies of plans and siting consent. Also provides advice on pool fencing, termites and building in bushfire prone areas.

Town Planning

Information about planning permit applications and the process. You can also see a register of planning applications received and decided, as well as the current planning applications on public notice.

Planning scheme amendments

Information about how to amend the planning scheme and the amendment process. Also lists the status and information on current amendments.

Heritage planning

Planning information and advice about protecting, restoring, celebrating and commemorating our local heritage.

Your property

See a map and find information about your property on the City's Community Compass.


Contact us

Planning Department on 03 5434 6355 or [email protected]

Building Department on 03 5434 6347 or [email protected]


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