Do I need a Planning Permit?

Planning and Building Permits are different.

A Planning Permit is a legal document that gives permission for the use, development, or subdivision of land. The Pyrenees Planning Scheme sets out if a proposed use, development, or subdivision will require a planning permit. Different planning provisions such as zones and overlays affect different sites. These will determine whether the use, development or subdivision, does not need a planning permit, needs a planning permit or is prohibited.

An explanation of the planning provisions including zones and overlays can be found in the Pyrenees Planning Scheme.


When do I need a Planning Permit?

You may require a Planning Permit to use, develop and/or subdivide your land.

The Planning Scheme sets out whether a planning permit is required for certain uses, development and subdivision. Sometimes, particular uses, development and subdivisions are prohibited.

Different zones and overlays will determine whether your proposed use, development or subdivision needs a planning permit.

Some examples of what a planning permit may be required for include:

  • Removal of native vegetation
  • Building a house
  • Running a business from home
  • Displaying signage
  • Liquor licenses
  • Subdividing land
  • Extensions to your house (including awnings and verandahs)
  • Changing the use of land i.e. from a retail shop to a restaurant.


How can I find out if I need a planning permit?

You can find out the zone and overlays which affect your property through VicPlan. Enter in your address or scroll and find your property and create a Planning Property Report. This report lists the zone, any overlays and other information that affect the property.

It is always best to check with Council to understand any planning provisions that affect a site or for further clarification.

You can contact the Planning Department on (03) 5349 1100 to speak with a planning officer, request a call back via our Planning Enquiry Form or send them an email (don’t forget to Attention Planning.). Alternatively, you can book an appointment to discuss the use, development and subdivision with a Planning officer.

PLEASE NOTE: The planning department are no longer providing written advice regarding planning permits via email.  You can apply for a written answer by completing an Application for a Planning Controls Certificate either via our Online Portal or contact the Planning Department on 1300 797 363.