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A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission for a use or development on a particular piece of land.

The Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme sets out if a proposed development or use requires a planning permit.

The Planning department administers the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme, which aims to protect and enhance our unique area.

Our planning team considers applications for planning permits that relate to the use, development and subdivision of land, as well as ensuring compliance with planning permits and controls. 

Your proposed work may need a building permit as well as a planning permit. A building permit relates to the construction or structural integrity of a development only, not what the land can be used for. Find out about building permits.

Planning services

We can help you learn more about the planning process, how to apply for a planning permit and some commonly asked questions.

The Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme

The Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme controls land use and development within our municipality. It contains state and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed. 

The planning scheme will indicate if a planning permit is required to change the use of land, to construct a building, or make other changes to the land. 

View the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme online.

Additional planning controls may be required that are specific to areas of development in our municipality. These controls are approved by the Minister for Planning through a planning scheme amendment and are referred to in the planning scheme as incorporated documents.

Go to our document library to view the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme incorporated documents

Maps, aerial photos and other information on your property

Use the City's Community Compass mapping system to find information about your property such as planning zones and overlays, links to property reports, aerial photos and other details, including your bin collection days and nearby Council facilities.

Talk to a planner

A duty planner is available 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday to give general planning advice.

The planner needs to know the address of the property for your query and a general outline of what you want to do.

You can contact us on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected].  Enquiries may take 1-3 days to respond.

We welcome your feedback.

Did you know you can log requests online?

This includes several bin requests such as missed bins, footpath maintenance, tree inspections and general requests. Visit our make a request page.

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