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Planning Services are responsible for the administration of the Knox Planning Scheme, which includes the consideration of applications for planning permits and ensuring compliance with planning permits and controls.

The Knox Planning Scheme requires a planning permit to be obtained for many land uses and developments including more than one house on a site (multi-dwellings or units), industrial and commercial development, subdivision of land or buildings, and in some instances of tree removal and other matters.

Applications for planning permits are assessed against the controls, policies and guidelines set out in the Knox Planning Scheme and the relevant State Government legislation. A fee is required for most planning permit applications.

Planning Services can provide advice on the Knox Planning Scheme and planning controls. If you are considering a development or change of use within the City of Knox, please contact Planning Services to check if a planning permit is required.

Written Planning Advice

NEW! Need planning advice about you project in writing? This can now be applied for online using Council's Online Services.

Planning at Knox has gone digital

Planning Services are saying goodbye to all the paper! You can now lodge and pay for a number of Application types through Council's Online Services portal. You will need to be a Registered User to use this service. Read about the benefits of applying online.

Apply for a Planning Permit

Former Department of Primary Industries Site

Council has received three planning applications from Development Victoria for the former Department of Primary Industries site located on the north-western corner of Burwood Highway and Scoresby Road, Knoxfield.

View the plans and application documents

Before you apply for a Planning Permit

Before you lodge your planning application, it is important to do your research and get some feedback on your proposal. Pre-application advice can now be requested online through Council’s Online Services. You will need to be registered to use the service. More information on the Pre-application advice service.

Applying for a Planning Permit

How do you apply for a Planning Permit? What information do you need to submit?

Our Applying for a Planning Permit page has information on different types of planning applications, fees, forms and checklists.

Pay SPEAR Application Fees Online

NEW! Lodged your subdivision application through SPEAR and need to pay the application fees? You no longer need to come in to Council to pay your application fees. Instead, these fees can be paid through Council’s Online Services. You will need to register to use this service.

Pay my SPEAR Application Fees

The Planning Application Process

Wondering what the next step in the application process might be? Visit our Planning Application Process page for a breakdown of the steps in the Planning Application Process, including instructions on how to lodge your further information online.

Planning Applications currently being Advertised

Planning Applications that are currently being advertised can now be viewed through Council's online services. View Planning Applications on Advertising.

Submitting Permit Condition Plans

Have you received your Planning Permit and need to submit layout, engineering or landscaping plans for endorsement? These can now be submitted digitally!

Applications Lodged in the last 30 Days

We keep a Public Register of Applications which have been lodged in the last 30 days. The full Planning Register of all applications under consideration can be viewed at Council's Offices during business hours.

Community Infrastructure Levy

Need to know if a Community Infrastructure Levy applies to your development project? Section 24 of the Building Act 1993 does not allow a building surveyor to issue a building permit for building work unless they are satisfied that the Community Infrastructure Levy has been paid. Within Knox, there are currently no Community Infrastructure Levies applicable.

Need Help?

For more information about Planning in Knox, you can use the links at the bottom of this page.

You can also 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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