The Planning Process

Planning refers to decisions that change the environment and affect everyday life. These decisions might be about new public transport, the expansion of a shopping centre or the location of a public park.

Council makes most of the planning decisions that affect Darebin. It decides whether to support or oppose a new use or development from starting. For example, a decision might be about the development of two dwellings on land in a residential area or the commencement of a new restaurant in a commercial area.

If the council decides to support the use or development, it would issue a planning permit with conditions. If it decides to oppose a development, it would refuse the proposal stating its grounds for the decision.

Our Statutory Planning team primarily assesses applications for planning permits and provides information and advice about planning controls.

The Darebin Planning Scheme includes all of the policies and controls for land use and development in Darebin. This includes a range of policies formally included with the Scheme as Incorporated Documents or referred to as Reference Documents.

Access the Darebin Planning Scheme online

The following Incorporated Documents and Reference Documents are utilised while determining if an application should be supported or refused. When preparing a planning permit application you should ensure it is consistent with relevant documents. 

Municipal Strategic Statement - Selected Documents

Other Municipal Strategic Statement reference documents not listed here can be found in the Council Strategies section of this website.

The Junction Local Area Plan
Neighbourhood Character Darebin Creek (Adjacent Land Design and Development Local Policy and Environmental Significance Overlay Schedule 2)
Industrial and Commercial Activity
High Street Corridor Land Use and Urban Design
Multi-Residential and Mixed Use Development
Northcote Activity Centre (Local Policy and Design and Development Overlay 14)
St Georges Road and Plenty Road Corridors (Local Policy and Design and Development Overlays 16 and 17)
Preston Central Activity Centre (Incremental Areas Local Policy and Priority Development Zone)
Bell Street Land Use

Residential Growth Zone Areas - Reservoir, Northland, Fairfield

Merri Creek (Environmental Significance Overlay Schedule 1 areas)

Heritage Overlay

Refer to the Heritage section of this site for Heritage Study resources and Statements of Significance.

Vegetation Protection Overlays

Incorporated Plan Overlay

Development Contributions Plan Overlay

All land in Darebin is zoned for a particular purpose, such as residential, industrial or business use. Zones guide how properties can be used and developed. In addition, land can also be subject to an overlay which indicates it has a special feature such as heritage, flood risk or significant vegetation.

To find out which planning zone and overlays affect your property, a free online Planning Property report can be obtained from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.

Get a Planning Property Report

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You can also use the Planning Maps Online interactive map service to search for planning information about a property.

Further Information:

Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

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