Ask for a review of a planning decision
When can I ask for a review
The reasons why you may want to ask for a review of a decision (also called an appeal) from Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT can include:
- Council refused your planning permit application (called a Section 77 appeal against refusal)
- you are not happy with the conditions of your permit (called a Section 80 Conditions appeal)
If Council did not make a decision on a planning application within the 60-day statutory timeframe you can appeal to VCAT. This is called a Section 79 Failure appeal.
- you objected to an application that Council has issued (called a Section 82 objector appeal)
How to lodge an appeal
The application for review must be lodged with VCAT either online or by using the required VCAT form, and accompanied by their prescribed fee. All lodgement information is available on the VCAT website.
Permit applicants or holders
If you're a permit applicant, you must lodge your VCAT application for review within 60 days of Council’s Notice of Refusal. For full details on appeal provisions, please refer to the back of your decision document or visit the VCAT website.
If you are an objector, you must lodge your VCAT application for review within 28 days from the date of the Notice of Decision. For full details on appeal provisions for objectors, please refer to the back of your decision document or visit the VCAT website.
VCAT also has a list available of current objector applications for review.
How do I apply for a review?
If you were refused a permit, you have 60 days from receiving the Notice of Refusal to apply for a VCAT review.
If you objected to an application, you have 28 days from the date of the Notice of Decision to apply for a VCAT review.
You need to submit an application for review with VCAT online and pay the application fee. You can find all the information about how to apply on the VCAT website.
Here you can find the current appeal documents and plans in the City of Port Phillip.
In certain circumstances VCAT directs responsible authorities like us to publish plans and materials relating to a hearing. We publish this information here as soon as practical.
Help and support
If you have questions or need help, please contact the Planning team:
Online: My Port Phillip
Phone: 03 9209 6424
In person: visit the Planning and Building Counter at St Kilda Town Hall during opening hours (8.30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday)