Applying for a planning permit
Before you begin a new development or land use you may need to apply for a Planning Permit.
A Planning Permit gives you permission to use or develop land in a certain way in accordance with the Knox Planning Scheme.
After a Planning Permit is granted, you may also need a Building Permit to carry out the works. You can lodge applications for a Planning Permit and Building Permit at the same time, but the Building Permit application can only be processed once the Planning Permit is granted.
Certain applications are eligible to be fast-tracked under the VicSmart process.
Appealing Council's decision
Council’s decision is final unless the applicant, or an objector lodges an appeal.
Once a decision is made, objectors have 28 days and applicants have 60 days to lodge an Application for Review with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Council (VCAT). After the appeal hearing, VCAT makes the final decision and provides written reasons to everybody involved in the appeal. Council then issues the decision, as directed by VCAT.
Information required for a permit
If you do not submit the minimum information, your application will be returned to you. Minimum application requirements include:
- completed application form (not required for online lodgement)
- permit application fee
- copy of Certificate of Title, including title plan and any encumbrances, and a search receipt no older than 3 months
- cover letter describing the proposal
- site layout, floor and elevation plans.
You may find our application information checklist useful.
Changing your planning permit application
You may wish to make amendments to a planning permit application that has already been lodged with Council, but which has not yet been decided.
An Amend a Planning Application form can be used both for amendments made before the advertising of the application (Section 50 of the Planning & Environment Act) or afterwards (Section 57A of the Act).
Fees are applicable to a range of planning services and permits.
Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL)
The MPL applies to any development application where the estimated development cost exceeds the threshold amount. The threshold amount is indexed by CPI for each subsequent financial year and published by the State Revenue Office.
The State Revenue Office is responsible for issuing the Levy Certificate once the MPL has been paid.
Types of planning permits and services
The planning permit you require depends on your individual project.
Find out more about other types of planning services and permits we provide.
You may request a full or partial refund of a planning or building-related fee.
Please note: Council grants refunds at its own discretion.
Contact Planning Services and we will get back to you.
Or call our Planning Services team on 9298 8000.