How your planning permit is assessed
The planning officer assesses the information provided with an application to decide if the use or development project is right for a particular area. This is based on what is currently there, the guidelines set out by the zoning/overlays which apply to your land and what the City of Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme foresees for the future.
We consider what impact the project may have on the neighbours and the surrounding area. Examples of impacts include traffic, noise, shadowing, visual amenity, protection of heritage buildings, trees or watercourses. We balance all these factors together to determine whether to approve a proposal or not.
In many cases we must also seek the advice of other internal and external government departments such as drainage/traffic engineers, environmental health (septics), arborists, Coliban Water, Powercor, CFA and water catchment authorities to assist in making a decision.
Please note: Town planning approval comes first, before a building permit. It is also important to note that town planning approval isn’t always needed.
Find out if you need a planning permit:
- Do some research on the property first. Research Your Property can help you find the zones and overlays that apply to the land.
- Ask a planning officer if your proposal needs a planning permit by calling us on 1300 002 642, or emailing the property details and a summary of your proposal to [email protected]
Responses may take 1 to 3 days.
Planning permit process
See the steps below for more information about what's involved in the planning permit process:
- Research your property
- Pre-application advice
- Submit your planning permit application
- Request for further information
- Giving public notice of a planning permit application
- Objecting to a planning permit application
- Decision on a planning permit application
- Appealing to VCAT
- Applying to amend or extend a planning permit