Planning permits and the process
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.
Your proposed work may require a building permit as well as a planning permit. Find out about building permits.
When will a planning permit be required?
You may need a planning permit for:
- Subdivision of land
- Removal or lopping of native vegetation
- Construction of outbuildings (sheds)
- Construction and works relating to a dwelling on a lot less than 300m² in a residential area
- Construction and use of a dwelling in many rural and rural-residential areas
- Development and use of a multi unit development
- Changing the use of the land - setting up a new business
- Constructing, altering and sometimes painting a building located within a Heritage overlay
- Commencing or expanding a business without sufficient on-site car parking
- Constructing a tennis court or swimming pool
- Applying for a new liquor licence or extending an existing licence
- Demolition of a building in a Heritage overlay
How can I find out if I need a planning permit?
Do some research on the property first. Community Compass can help you find the zones and overlays that apply to the property.
Ask a planner if your proposal needs a planning permit by calling us on 03 5434 6000, or emailing the property details and a summary of your proposal to [email protected]. Responses may take 1-3 days.
Planning permit process
See the steps below for more information about what's involved in the planning permit process
The VicSmart planning permit process
VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for simpler planning permit applications. Find out if your proposal may be considered as a VicSmart application