How decisions are made
Before Council makes a decision to grant or refuse an application, they consider many things. This includes the Port Phillip Planning Scheme and any submissions received.
Advertised planning applications
A planning application can be advertised to the public when it will affect the nearby houses or the community.
Amend or extend a planning application or permit
If you need to make changes to a planning application or an approved permit, you can request an amendment.
You can request to:
- amend an application that is being reviewed by Council
- amend a permit that has already been issued
- extend the start and end dates of the permit.
Decisions that Council can make
Once Council have reviewed your permit application, there are four decisions we can make:
Planning permit with endorsed plans
If your application has been successful, we will issue a planning permit with endorsed plans. This means that your plans are approved for the use and development that you have proposed.
Planning permit with conditions (Condition 1 requirements)
We can issue you a planning permit with Condition 1 requirements. This means you must change your plans to meet all the conditions before you are allowed to start your project.
Notice of Decision
A Notice of Decision is issued when we support the application but there are objections to your permit application. This means that anyone objecting will have 28 days from the date of the Notice of Decision is issued notice to ask the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a review.
Council will issue a planning permit if no objectors submit a review to VCAT. VCAT will notify you if any reviews are submitted.
Refuse an application
If the land use or development proposed is not acceptable, Council can refuse to give you a planning permit.
The reasons for the refusal will be in the Notice of Refusal. You and any objectors will receive a copy of the notice.
You have 60 days to ask for a review of Council’s decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Ask for a review
If your planning permit application is refused or you’re not happy with the conditions put on the permit, you can apply for a review of the decision (called an appeal) to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Track your application
You can track the status of your application using My Port Phillip. Here, you can also see a list of the current planning applications in City of Port Phillip.
Go to ‘Application Tracking’ and search by your application number or property address.