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?

Community Compass can help you find the zones and overlays that apply to your property.

You can then ask one of our planning officers if you need a planning permit by calling us on 03 5434 6355, or emailing your property details and a summary of your proposal to [email protected].


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


More information

See the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for more information about applying for a planning permit 

Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme


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Please note that requests logged online after 5pm Friday December 21, 2018 may not be acted on until our offices re-open on Wednesday January 2, 2019. For urgent assistance please phone 5434 6000.  

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