Planning permits

A planning permit is a legal document that allows a certain use and/or development of land.  

Planning permits and building permits are different permits.  Depending on your proposal you may need both.  If both are required, a planning permit needs to be granted before a building permit can be issued.

To discuss your proposal and to find out what permits are applicable phone Council on 9688 0200 or send us an email to

Do I need a planning permit?

A planning permit may be required if you are:

  • Extending or building your house
  • Renovating a property with a heritage overlay.
  • Removing or pruning trees
  • Building a multi-dwelling development
  • Subdividing land or a building
  • Starting, expanding or moving a business
  • Changing the way an existing building is used
  • Running a business from home

If your project triggers a planning permit, you must have the planning permit before a building permit can be issued.