Golden Plains Shire Council is a Responsible Authority under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 for the administration and enforcement of the Golden Plains Planning Scheme. The control of land use and development through the planning scheme is one of the most important tools available to Council in implementing its planning policies and strategies.
Council's Planning Team provides information and advice about when a planning permit is required and the process involved. Planning officers will consider whether or not to grant a planning permit, and what conditions are appropriate. Some planning applications are referred to a Council meeting for a decision.
Many types of uses and development require a planning permit, including (but not limited to):
- Clearing or lopping of native vegetation;
- Building a house or a shed;
- Establishing a business (including working from home);
- Industrial or Commercial development;
- Keeping animals;
Planning permit forms and fees can be found below. It is recommended that you contact Council's Planning Team to determine if your proposal requires a planning permit; please contact us.
Applying for a planning permit
- Planning Permit Application Form
- Planning Permit Application Checklist
- Application to Amend a Current Planning Permit Application
- Application for Development Plan 18_19 (1).pdf
- VicSmart Permit Application.pdf please ensure you also complete the appropriate checklist that relates to your VicSmart application Checklists-for-VicSmart-Applications (3).pdf
VicSmart planning permit process
VicSmart is a streamlined planning process for straightforward applications. The planning scheme identifies what classes of application are suitable for VicSmart and specifies what information is required to be provided, assessment processes and decision guidelines.
Key features of VicSmart include:
- A decision is expected to be made within 10 business days
- Applications are exempt from advertising
- An applicant is expected to submit all necessary information with the application including any referral authority approval before lodging the application with council.
Not all applications are eligible for the VicSmart process. For more detailed information about the process, including application types and information requirements, visit the VicSmart website.
Applying to amend an existing planning permit
Applying for secondary consent
Planning information request
Planning application fees
- Planning Permit Fees 2019-2020
- Planning Permit Amendent Fees 2019 - 2020
- Planning Scheme Amendment Fees 2019 - 2020
Frequently asked questions
1. Do I need a planning permit?
Whether you need a planning permit or not will depend on the zone in which your land is located, whether any overlays apply to your land or if the development is subject to any particular provisions. This information can be found in the Golden Plains Planning Scheme, or you can contact the Planning Team to discuss your proposal.
2. How do I apply for a planning permit?
If you require a planning permit, you will need to:
- Complete an application form.
- Provide appropriate supporting information. This will vary depending on the type of application. A planner can provide more specific advice.
- Provide a recent copy of title (produced within the last 60 days) and any covenants and/or agreements applying to the land.
- Provide plans showing the proposed development. This will include a site layout plan, internal layout plan and elevations. All plans must be legible and to scale.
- Ensure that the existing or proposed property access points are identified on plans.
- The application can be submitted once all information is collated and it will be checked by a planner before the application is accepted and opened.
- Council will contact you for payment of the fee.
If your proposal is complex, or if you are not sure what information you need to submit with your application, it is recommended that you arrange a pre-application meeting with a planner. Please contact Customer Service for more information.
3. What is a pre-application meeting?
The purpose of a pre-application meeting is to provide potential applicants with an opportunity to meet with Council's Planning Officers to discuss a proposal and to obtain information about the Golden Plains Planning Scheme and the planning process. Additional information about the pre-application process can be found here.
4. How long will it take to assess a planning permit application?
The length of time to assess a planning permit application will depend on the complexity of the proposal. Other factors which impact on timeframes include whether or not any referrals and advertising are required and if objections are received. Referral bodies include, but are not limited to, the water authority, electricity provider, the CFA, VicRoads and/or internal referrals. Providing all necessary supporting information at lodgement will hasten the assessment process.
5. What is the process?
If Council believes that your proposal may have a detrimental impact upon surrounding residents, such as your neighbours, you may be required to give notice of your proposal. The advertising required may involve sending a notice to the neighbours, placing a notice on the site or a notice in the newspaper.
In response to the advertising, neighbours may object to the proposal. These objections must state how the proposal will affect them. Council must take into account the concerns raised in objections. Council may arrange a consultation meeting to attempt to resolve any concerns.
In some circumstances, Council may be required under the Planning Scheme to refer your application to statutory authorities. Referral authorities have 28 days to respond to a referral, provided the applicant has given sufficient information.
Council will decide to either approve or refuse an application. Applicants and objectors have an opportunity to appeal a decision within the specified timeframes if they are not satisfied. Appeals are dealt with by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Section 173 Agreements - Preparing an Agreement
Section 173 Agreements are a legal agreement that are binding on Council and other parties to the Agreement. It is at the discretion of the owner as to who they engage to prepare the Agreement, however a review/checking fee will be incurred if the Agreement is drawn up by a firm other than Harwood Andrews. Council has engaged Harwood Andrews to check Agreements and to register Agreements to Title. Costs and expenses incurred in association with the checking and review of 173 Agreements must be borne by the applicant.
You may choose to use Harwood Andrews to draw up the Agreement and avoid the checking fee.
A restrictive covenant is a private treaty or written agreement that runs with a parcel of land and restricts the way that land can be developed. An information sheet on Restrictive Covenants can be found here.
Existing Use Rights
Existing use occurs when your land is being used in a legal way, either with an approved permit or an approved use where a permit is not required, and the planning controls now in place prohibit that use. An information sheet on Existing Use Rights can be found here.
Council regularly receives queries in relation to the construction or extension of dams. An information sheet on dams can be found here.
Useful guidelines, forms and codes
- Code for the Keeping of Dogs
This is Council’s dog keeping policy, to be used by applicants applying for dog keeping, breeding, training or the keeping of Greyhounds.
- Statutory Declaration for Planning Permit Applicants
This is for use by permit applicants to confirm completion of advertising requirements.
- Submission or Objection Form
A concise form that can be used when making a submission about a planning permit application.
- Withdraw an Objection to a Planning Permit Application
- Infrastructure Design Manual
The IDM (Infrastructure Design Manual) is an online system that provides a reference guide to the standards and requirements for infrastructure. This has been used for land development and infrastructure upgrades from 14 July 2013.
If you have questions or would like to discuss a permit, please contact us.