It is important to note that many factors influence the time it takes to complete a building project and the costs involved.
Getting up to speed with the build and renovate process, and the requirements for your project, will give you a leg-up, potentially helping you avoid some of this time, money and effort
Some of the factors that often stretch out time frames include:
- Council requesting further information to assess the application
- advertising the planning application
- internal and external referrals for the planning application
- planning permit VCAT appeals
- changes required to project designs after a planning permit has been approved
- applying for an asset protection permit too close to construction beginning.
These issues and more are highlighted on relevant pages throughout Planning and Building. While some of these factors are out of your control, there are things you can do to speed up the process, including:
- speaking to your neighbours early and regularly
- considering building and construction permit implications during the planning permit process
- applying for permits as early as possible
- responding to information requests from Council promptly.
Planning decision times
There is no time limit for a responsible authority to make a decision on an application.
However, the Planning and Environment Act 1987 specifies after 60 days the applicant can refer the matter to the VCAT for determination. There are rules set out in the Act about when the prescribed time starts and when it stops.
See VCAT’s Guide to time limits for further information.
There are costs associated with engaging professionals to work on your project, lodging applications, advertising your plans, and amending those plans to ensure that they meet the relevant rules and regulations.
Fees, including a card fee, apply.
The planning fees schedule is as follows:
Fast Track permits cost an extra $137.90 on top of a planning permit fee.
Metropolitan Planning Levy
The Metropolitan Planning Levy applies to planning permit applications that have an estimated development cost of more than $1,107,000 during the 2021/22 financial year.
The purpose of the levy is to 'support the delivery of better state and metropolitan strategic planning', and assist in funding the operations of the Metropolitan Planning Authority including the implementation of Plan Melbourne.
The Levy is:
- collected by the State Revenue Office
- in addition to the planning permit application fee and must be paid to the State Revenue Office before you lodge a planning permit application with Council
- to be submitted with your planning permit application
- changed at $1.30 for every $1000 of the estimated cost of development.
The threshold amount is indexed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for each subsequent financial year. The State Revenue Office publishes the CPI adjusted threshold amount by 31 May each year.
It is important to note that Council officers may ask a planning permit applicant to verify the estimated cost of development if it does not appear to be accurate.
The building application fee is determined by the building classification and cost of works. It covers all building inspections and plan assessments. Please contact Council's Building department for a fee proposal.