Planning permit process

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 on the site, the guidelines set out by the zoning/overlays which apply to your land and what the 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 agencies 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: Planning approval comes first, before a building permit. It is also important to note that planning approval isn’t always needed.

Typical planning permit process

Timeframes provided below are a guide, based on how long most applications take at each stage.

Numerous triggers can start, stop and reset timing throughout this process. Requests for more information sent within 28 days and formal application amendments will reset the statutory clock.

The typical planning permit process
Planning permit process map