Objecting to planning proposals

If you think you may be affected detrimentally by the work proposed in a planning application, you are entitled to object.

Finding out about a planning application

If the owner of a property near you proposes building works, we may require that they 'give notice' of their plans. The application is 'advertised' to adjoining owners and occupiers in the form of a notice by mail, a public notice is placed on the site and sometimes an ad is placed in the paper.

You can view the associated plans and documents through our online register.

How to object

You have 14 days from the commencement of the advertising period to lodge an objection by:

Forms and letters can be sent by email to [email protected] or by mail to Planning Department, City of Greater Bendigo, PO Box 733, Bendigo 3552.

Your objection must include your name and address and state how you believe you will be affected by the application for it to be considered.

Before lodging an objection, it is important that you view the associated plans and documents to understand what is being proposed in our online register.

The applicant will get a copy of the objections so they can respond to the issues raised. You may still object to a proposal if you are not formally notified, if you have valid grounds.

All objections will be made available for public inspection at the Planning office during the entire application process.

Privacy notice

The personal information collected is for the purposes of the planning process as set out in the Planning & Environment Act 1987.  The city must make a copy of every submission available for any person to inspect during office hours, for the period up until a decision is made on the application.


An objection can also be in the form of a petition. The petition must identify a contact person who informs all of the other petitioners about the process of the application and who will receive a copy of the final decision.

A petition is considered to be one submission and must explain how the people that sign it are affected by the application.

Consultation and our decision

Once the advertising period has ended, the planner will begin assessing objections. Simple issues will be resolved through informal discussions. You may be asked to participate in a consultation meeting to address more complex issues.

If agreement or resolution is reached, the objectors will be required to formally withdraw their objection in writing. Then a planning permit can be issued. Download the Objection Withdrawal Form.

The applicant may be required to make changes and liaise with objectors in order to satisfy the requirements of all parties.

If agreement is unable to be reached, the application will proceed to a committee of delegated senior officers or formal Council meeting for a decision.

All objectors will be notified of Council's decision in writing. If the applicant or the objectors do not agree with the decision, an Application for Review can be lodged with VCAT to appeal the decision.

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