Lodge a Planning Application

A planning permit is a document giving legal permission to use land for a particular purpose or to undertake development works.  To obtain a planning permit, an application must be made to Council.

Planning is essentially about making decisions that consider the impact a new building or land use will have on the environment, landscape and neighbouring properties.

Planning permits are required to be issued for anything from constructing or extending a house, removing native vegetation, displaying advertising signage or for an industrial or commercial development. Permits can also be required to use land for particular purpose and to obtain a liquor license.

Preparing and lodging your application

Planning Applications will only be accepted by Council if they include all required plans and supporting documentation. The plans and information required to be submitted will be dependent on the type of application.

It is recommended that you arrange to book a pre-application appointment time to have your application checked by a Planning Officer before it is submitted. Please fill in and submit a pre-application meeting form and a Planning Officer will be in touch with a suitable time.

When lodging your planning application, you must submit copies of all the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. The fee applicable to the application
  3. A recent copy of Title including details of any covenants or encumbrances affecting the land. Copies of title can be obtained via Land Victoria Landata Website
  4. Three (3) copies of the site plan
  5. Three (3) copies of any elevations
  6. Any relevant photos of the development site
  7. All of the information required by the relevant checklist for the type of application being made.

You should provide all of the information and plans shown on the checklist and ensure that you sign the declaration at the end of the checklist. This will enable your application assessment to be expedited in the quickest possible timeframe.

You will receive a letter confirming the receipt of your application within 7 days of lodging it. The Council Planner will generally complete an initial assessment of the application within 15-20 days of lodgment and you will be advised in writing if additional information is required.

Generally allow between 4-6 weeks for a decision to be made on your application. The processing time period will be dependent on application advertising and referral requirements to external authorities.

Additional information on the various steps in the assessment process can be found to the following link Planning: A Short Guide

Please have a look at Council's Checklists & Forms page for any other documents you might need to include in your application.

If there is no checklist for your type of application please contact the Planning Department to request information on the documentation required to be submitted.

Planning Fees

Fees for planning permit applications are set across Victoria under the Planning and Environment Act.  To check the planning permit fee for your application, click here.

Alternatively, you can contact Council to confirm the fee for your planning application via (03) 53491100 or email pyrenees@pyrenees.vic.gov.au

Plan Examples and Templates

The following examples of a site and building elevation plans are provided to provide applicants with an understanding of the standard of basic plans required for considering most applications.

Floor and Elevation Plans
Site Plan

Links for Local Planning Consultants

Consultants can help you with specific planning tasks, including preparing Land Capability Assessments and Bushfire Management Statements.

Land Capability Assessment Consultants (PDF: 5.93MB)

Bushfire Management Overlay Consultants 2015 (PDF: 157KB)

Pyrenees Planning Scheme

A copy of the current Planning Scheme policies, zone/overlay controls and mapping ordinance can be viewed free of charge at: http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/pyrenees 


If you have any questions about submitting your planning permit, please speak with the Planning Department on (03) 5349 1100.


We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respect to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the elders and people of these tribes.

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