Lodge a Planning Application

Prior to lodging an application you should ensure you have provided all of the information required by the relevant checklist.

Applications can be lodged online, in person, or by mail.

Online
Through Council’s eServices portal.

Lodge application online

In person
At the Planning Services counter located on Level 1, 274 Gower Street, Preston between the hours of 8:45am and 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

By mail
Applications, along with the relevant application fee can be lodged by mail to:.

Statutory Planning Unit
Darebin City Council
PO Box 91
Preston, Victoria, 3072

Development Contributions
If you are constructing a new house you may be required to pay a development contribution to the City of Darebin before a Building Permit is issued. Contact us to establish if you are required to pay a development contribution.

Further Information
Customer Service
Phone 8470 8888

General planning information and checklists associated with the most common types of planning applications.

Planning Application Fees
The Statutory Planning Fee Schedule is a summary of the fees prescribed under the Planning & Environment (Fees) Interim Regulations 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions
The Frequently Asked Questions Information Sheet provides the answers to the most common questions asked in relation to planning.

Useful Planning Links
The Useful Planning Links Information Sheet provides a list of useful online planning resources.

Steps in Applying for a Permit
The Steps in Applying for a Permit Information Sheet outlines the nine stages of an application for a planning permit

Residential Development
The Residential Development Information Sheet provides a checklist of the information that is required for all types of residential development applications (except for applications solely relating to building in a heritage area or flood area).

Commercial and Industrial Development
The Commercial and Industrial Information Sheet provides a checklist of the information that is required for all types of commercial and industrial use and development applications.

Change of Use
The Change of Use Information Sheet provides a checklist of the information that is required for all applications were a planning permit is required for the proposed use.

Car Parking
The Car Parking Information Sheet provides a checklist of the information that is required for all applications were a planning permit is required to reduce the car parking requirements of the Darebin Planning Scheme.

Sale or Consumption of Liquor
The Sale or Consumption of Liquor Information Sheet provides a checklist of the information that is required for all applications were a planning permit is required to sell or consume alcohol.

Advertising Signs
The Advertising Signs Information Sheet provides a checklist of the information that is required for all applications were a planning permit is required for the advertising signs.

Heritage
The Heritage Information Sheet provides a checklist of the information that is required for all applications were a planning permit is required to demolish, construct or extend on a property that is affected by a Heritage Overlay.

Home Occupation
The Home Occupation Information Sheets details the requirements of a home occupation and what information is required to lodge an application for a planning permit for a home occupation.

Restrictive Covenants
The Restrictive Covenants Information Sheet provides information about restrictive covenants and how to vary or remove covenants from a Certificate of Title. A checklist details the information that is required for applications for a planning permit to vary or remove a restrictive covenant.

Building in a Flood Area
The Flood Prone Areas Checklist is a checklist of the information that is required for all applications where a planning permit is required to construct or extend on a property that is subject to flooding.

Electronic Lodgement Guidelines
The Electronic Lodgement Guidelines provides the requirements for the digital submission of all planning applications.

Planning: A Short Guide
The Planning: A Short Guide is prepared by the Department of Planning and Community Development and provides information on the planning permit process in Victoria.

Complete the required application form for planning permits, amendments, extensions or objections.

Planning Permit
To apply for a planning permit you will need to complete an Application for Planning Permit Form.

Amendment to a Permit under Section 72
To change an existing planning permit, including the conditions of the permit and the plans that form part of the approval, you will need to complete an Application to Amendment a Permit Form.

Amend an Application under Section 50 or 57(A)
To change a current application for a planning permit you will need to complete a Request to Amend an Application Form. This can be lodged either before or after the application has been advertised, if relevant.

VicSmart Planning Permit
To apply for a VicSmart planning permit you will need to complete an Application for VicSmart Planning Permit Form.

Satisfaction Matters
To apply for Council’s consent in relation to a requirement of the Darebin Planning Scheme you will need to complete an Application for Satisfaction Matters Form.

Secondary Consent
To apply for Council’s consent, in relation to a condition of a planning permit, you will need to complete an Application for Secondary Consent Form.

Extension of Time
To apply for an extension to the commencement or completion date of a Planning Permit, you will need to complete an Application for Extension of Time Form.

Property Information Request
To request written planning information about a property, or to determine if a planning permit is required for a proposal you will need to complete an Application for Property Information Request Form.

Pre-application meetings are for people who intend to lodge a planning permit application. You can meet with our planning staff prior to lodgement for advice and assistance in the preliminary stages of the planning and design process.

To establish if you require a planning permit you should contact the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

In determining if a planning permit should be issued for the development, we may take into consideration:

  • If the development responds to the surrounding built form and environment;
  • If the impacts on the surrounding and nearby properties are reasonable; and
  • If sufficient car parking, loading bay and bicycle facilities have been provided.

Benefits of pre-application meetings
Pre-application meetings are helpful in identifying key issues that may be important to the future use of the property. The intention of the meeting is to conduct an open and productive forum whereby all parties work towards a high quality outcome.  Pre-application meetings should also give some level of certainty about the outcome of the application to ensure a smoother and more efficient process of the application.

Advice given in a pre-application meeting
Pre-application meetings are not able to investigate every detail covered through the formal assessment process once the application is lodged. Given the time available and the level of detail it is impossible to give a thorough assessment at this stage. We give advice in good faith and we are not bound in any future decisions.

Types of applications appropriate for pre-application meetings
Any type of development is appropriate for pre-application meetings. However, we strongly encourage applications that may fall into the following categories:

  • Medium to large scale commercial developments
  • Applications that involve complex issues requiring strategic or policy direction.

Pre-application meeting topics
At the meeting you can discuss such issues as:

  • Initial concepts
  • Detailed design aspects
  • Any other requirements 
Our planning officers will give their professional opinion on the proposal and provide guidance where possible. However, it must be remembered that the meeting is not intended to pre-empt the outcome of the application. Once the planning application is lodged it will need to undergo a thorough assessment against the provisions of the Darebin Planning Scheme.

Preparing for a pre-application meeting
Preparation is essential!  The quality of advice given depends on the level of detail and accuracy of the information presented to the planner. It is essential the you research the proposal and identify relevant issues to raise at the meeting.

You should provide as much detail as possible about the proposal. The following checklist may be of assistance.

  • A full copy of title that is no more than three months old
  • Photographs of the site and the surrounding area in particular the neighbouring adjacent properties and the streetscape and any significantly sized vegetation

A neighborhood and site description plan showing:

  • Existing buildings on site
  • Location of buildings on at least four adjoining properties (including habitable room windows and private open space areas).
  • A concept plan at 1:100 showing detail such as the proposed building footprint at all storeys, window placement and the internal layout of all buildings. And also including the following:
  • Earthworks – any cut and fill and possible locations for retaining walls.
  • Location of existing vegetation.
  • Location of car parking facilities and vehicle access arrangements.
  • Location of crossovers existing and proposed crossovers.
  • Concept design of elevations at 1:100.

It is highly recommended that you attend a pre-application meeting with all of the above information required to give a reasonable understanding of the proposal by the planner. This will assist the planner to give more accurate and useful advice for your project. The above documentation may require the services of a consultant to assist in their preparation and to facilitate the application process.

It is intended that the planner that you have the pre-application meeting with will manage the application once it is lodged; however, this is not always guaranteed due to staff movement or workloads.

Location of pre-application meetings
Pre-application meetings are held at Darebin City Council, 274 Gower Street Preston. A meeting will need to be booked ahead of time to ensure the availability of a planner and meeting room. This can be made by contacting the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Prior to lodging an application
You should ensure you have provided all of the information required by using the Commercial and Industrial Checklist.

Development Contributions
If you are constructing or extending a commercial or industrial building you may be required to pay a development contribution to the City of Darebin before a Building Permit is issued. The Development Contribution will be invoiced after a Planning Permit has been issued for the development.