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.
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
Please note that our offices in Bendigo and Heathcote are currently closed due to Covid-19. You can talk to a planner by phone on 5434 6355 or email us at [email protected]
A duty planner is available 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday at the Hopetoun Mill Office, 15 Hopetoun Street, Bendigo to give general planning advice.
A planner attends the Heathcote service centre at 125 High Street, Heathcote on alternate Thursdays and is available from 10am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3.30pm.
You can also contact us on 03 5434 6355 or [email protected]