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Pre Application Advice

Council offers a Pre-application advice service to customers who feel they would like some advice from the Planning Services team on a proposed use or development prior to lodging a full Planning Permit Application.

It is recommended that multi-unit development, apartments and change of use applications undergo Pre-application assessment by the Planning Services team prior to lodgement.

Please note: if you require general written advice about whether a planning permit is required for a proposed development, please refer to our Written Planning Advice page for more information about this service.

Why request Pre-application advice?

Pre-application advice does not guarantee that a permit will be issued.

However, Pre-application advice will:

  • Indicate if the proposed development complies with planning controls and local neighbourhood character.
  • Suggest changes to the design to increase the chance of Council supporting the application.
  • Inform you of potential drainage, vegetation or easement issues with the development.
  • Avoid cost increases and time delays if the plans have to be re-designed later into the planning process.

How do I request Pre-application advice?

All Pre-application advice requests are to be made through Council’s Online Services portal. You will need to be registered to use the service. Registrations take up to 24 hours to process. Once registered you can submit Pre-application advice requests online.

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Request Pre-application advice

All plans and supporting documents must be uploaded at the time of lodgement online and payment of the $90 request fee must also be made via credit card. Following lodgement, you will receive a confirmation email that Council has received your request.

What do I need to request Pre-application advice?

  • A full copy of title and details of any encumbrances.
  • A summary of what is proposed and responding to any relevant planning scheme policies.
  • A clear and properly drafted Site Layout Plan – generally at a scale of 1:100 (including floor plans, contours, and location of trees / vegetation to be retained / removed, easements).
  • A clear and properly drafted Elevation Plan – generally at a scale of 1:100 (including the location of all doors and windows, as well as, details of the proposed materials, finishes and colours).
  • Existing conditions plan (including site analysis and design response) – location of significant vegetation (all trees), all easements and services, and any trees or buildings on neighbouring properties.
  • A Site Analysis Plan and Design Response Plan (for medium density housing applications).
  • The Pre-application advice fee is $90.00 and if you proceed with submitting a planning application, the $90.00 will be deducted off the total application fee (please advise Council of this at the time of lodging the permit for the deduction to be applied).

What happens after I request Pre-application advice?

A team of planners will look at your request and determine if there are any problems with your proposal and if your application complies with the Knox Planning Scheme.

A Planning Officer will then either email you written advice or arrange a meeting with you if necessary, to advise whether the unit development is appropriate. This will usually occur within 2 weeks of receiving the request.

Need Help?

If you have questions, you can contact us on 9298 8125 or alternatively, you can lodge a request below and a staff member will get back to you.

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