Planning permit decision process

The decision regarding your application is made by depending on numerous factors.


If there are no objections, Council can issue a planning permit immediately.

Notice of decision

If Council want to approve the application, but there are objections, it must issue a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit. All Objectors will be sent this notice and will have 28 days  to lodge an application for Review at Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).


Council can decide to refuse a permit, even if there were no objections to it.  If a permit is refused, a 'Refusal to Grant a Permit' notice will be issued that will detail why the permit has been refused.  This will be sent to the applicant and all other parties who commented on the application.  If you wish to challenge the refusal you have 60 days to apply for a review at the VCAT.

Powers of delegation

From the 19th August 2019 Powers of Delegation allow the Officer to consider and decide on all applications whether there are objections lodged or the application is recommended for refusal.


Notification of approval or refusal

We will advise you of the outcome of this application in writing. Notification of approval will include a copy of the decision and all relevant conditions relating to the works you are proposing.

Page last updated: Monday, 15 June 2020