Residential Development

If you want to build a new residential building, you will need a planning permit.

You may require assistance from a professional, such as a draftsperson, architect or other specialist, to prepare development plans and other reports.

Application requirements

Documents should be submitted as digital files via email. We also accept hard copies by mail or in person.

  1. Completed planning permit application form
  2. Written description of your proposal
  3. Certificate of Title from Landata
  4. VicPlan Planning Property Report
  5. Fully dimensioned plans at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200, maximum size A3, If lodging in hard copy, supply x3 copies of each plan
  • site plans
  • floor plans (as applicable)
  • elevation plans (as applicable)
  1. Report of selected materials, colours and finishes (as applicable)

Use our Planning Permit Application Lodgement Checklist(PDF, 276KB)  to ensure you are meeting the application requirements.


Check our Fees and Charges to see all costs involved in your permit application.


The materials you submit with your application, including plans, will be made available for public view. Copies may be made to interested parties for consideration and review as part of the planning process under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Contact us for advice

It is important that you discuss your proposal with us before you submit your application to avoid potential delays or disappointments during the planning process.

Written description of proposal

Your Written description of proposal should outline your proposal with as much detail as possible about your intended operation, and how you plan to use or develop the land.

Certificate of Title

The Certificate of Title for your property can be requested from Landata. Fees will apply.

You will need to supply a current Certificate of Title (within the past 3 months) when you apply for your planning permit.


Your plans should be fully dimensioned plans at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200. The maximum size is A3.

If lodging in hard copy, please supply x3 copies of each plan.

The site plan must show:

  • boundaries and dimensions of the site
  • existing site context (e.g. street trees, vegetation, buildings, boundary features, crossovers)
  • setbacks to neighbouring boundaries/properties
  • streetscape elevations
  • location of car parking
  • garden area plan
  • shadow diagrams

The floor plan must show:

  • north point
  • ground floor plan and first floor plan showing the layout of the proposal
  • elevation plans
  • calculations of proposal elements (e.g. site coverage, permeability, garden area, etc.)

Residential Development examples

Example 1: Site Context and/or Layout Plan(PDF, 564KB)

Example 2: Site Context and/or Layout Plan(PDF, 649KB)

Example 3: Site Context and/or Layout Plan(PDF, 597KB)  

Example 4: Site Context and/or Layout Plan(PDF, 482KB)

Onsite inspections

To help us conduct an efficient onsite inspection, please:

  • provide a photograph of the site from the street
  • mark the site clearly with a sign showing the street number
  • peg out the location of the development and tape any vegetation to be removed
  • advise whether access to the site needs to be arranged (e.g. if gates are locked)
  • where the height of your development may impact on views, you should erect height poles in consultation with the planning officer, to display the height of your development