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Pre-application advice for planning permits

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We offer a variety of planning pre-application advice services to help you understand the planning process and what information may be needed for your proposal.

For advice on minor proposals

You can drop in or phone us during business hours to ask for advice on minor proposals including:

  • Small scale extensions/outbuildings to dwellings or commercial buildings
  • Small scale works such as fences, solar panels and alterations
  • Some changes of use 
  • Signage proposals of a modest nature
  • Two lot subdivisions (without development)

For advice on larger proposals

For larger proposals of a complex nature, you can request a pre-application meeting with a planner to discuss the proposal. 

A pre-application meeting helps you to:

  • Identify any planning issues prior to lodging an application
  • Understand the information you need to include in your planning application
  • Get accurate advice early in the process, which helps the application process to be smooth and efficient.

You may be advised to engage a private planning consultant to help you prepare your application if the proposal is complex or involves several components. There are several planning consultants that operate in the Bendigo area.

A pre-application meeting does not guarantee that a planning permit application will be approved.

Advice on demolishing a dwelling or building

If you are considering demolishing an older dwelling/building for development purposes, our Heritage team gets involved to find out if the dwelling/building has any heritage significance. Requests for this advice must be made in writing. You can download and fill in a Demolition Enquiry application form and email it to [email protected], or send us an email including the property address, the current use of the land and the development for the site, including the extent of demolition proposed.

The Heritage team will provide written advice on the demolition. If ‘in principle’ support for the demolition is given, our planner can then provide advice on the proposed development at a planning pre-application meeting.

Advice on Environmental Sustainable Development

Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) principles aim to improve the health and comfort of buildings for occupants whilst at the same time reducing negative impacts on the environment. Considering ESD principles in the early stages of your development gives you the greatest opportunity to make a sustainable difference and to save the most money.

The City of Greater Bendigo has recently become the first regional Council to have an Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) policy added to its Planning Scheme. The policy applies to medium and large scale residential, commercial and industrial development and requires an applicant to specify the sustainable design features of a proposed development. The overarching objective is that development should achieve best practice in environmentally sustainable development from the design stage through to construction and operation.  

To find out which simple, but effective changes you can make to reduce your energy costs and increase the comfort of your home visit our Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) page.

Booking a pre-application meeting

To book a pre-application meeting complete the planning pre-application meeting request form. You will need to provide a location plan, brief description of the proposal, plans or sketches of the proposal.

Submit your request and all supporting documentation:

  • Email to [email protected]
  • In person at 15 Hopetoun Street, Bendigo; or
  • By mail to the Planning Department, PO Box 733, Bendigo 3552

Next steps

If the proposal looks straightforward based on the information you have sent us, a Planning officer may only need to give you a call and have a discussion over the phone, to save you time.

Where the proposal looks more complex, a Planning team member will contact you within one week and a meeting date will be offered to you.

Other relevant officers such as a heritage advisor or a traffic engineer will be invited to the meeting where required.

After the meeting the planning officer may provide written feedback within 1 week of the meeting, if required.


Contact us

For more information about planning services please contact us on 03 5434 6355.

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