Planning scheme amendments

About planning scheme amendments

The Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme controls how land can be used and developed within our municipality. It is a living document that grows and changes with the changing needs of the community.   

Council may amend the planning scheme to achieve a desirable planning outcome or to support a new policy direction. Changes to the scheme are known as amendments and the process for an amendment is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act). An amendment may involve a change to a planning scheme map (such as a rezoning), a change to the written part of the scheme, or both.

Making a submission to an amendment

Submissions to an amendment must be received by the last day of exhibition. Your submission must be in writing and can be:  

  • Emailed to [email protected]
  • Lodged online via the submission to an amendment form
  • Mailed to City of Greater Bendigo, Strategic Planning unit, PO Box 733, Bendigo 3552

Privacy collection notice

Your submission and personal information is collected for the purposes of the planning scheme amendment process as set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. If you do not provide your name and address, the City will not be able to consider your submission. The City must make a copy of every submission available for any person to inspect during office hours. 

Privately requested amendments

Privately requested amendments include a fee to the applicant and, if supported by Council, usually take one or two years to be finalised.

Please refer to our  Privately Sponsored Planning Scheme Amendment Policy  for details on fees, charges and timelines.

More information

For more information about amendments and the steps involved, visit the Department of Transport and Planning: