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Apply for a planning permit

A planning permit is required for projects such as:

  • construction of a building or carry out works
  • construction of a multi-dwelling development
  • subdivision of land
  • erection of advertising signs
  • buildings for office or warehouse use.

Is a planning permit required?

Search for the planning controls that apply to your property.   

If you need written planning advice from Council you can apply for this  by submitting a Planning Information Request: 

Planning Information Request

Submit a planning permit application

Once you know you require a permit, complete a planning permit application form, either online or in writing, including the information required by the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Apply online or in writing for a planning permit

Planning services online

Maroondah City Council can accept online applications.

You can:

  • Lodge and pay for planning applications online.
  • Track the progress of applications online.
  • Receive all correspondence from Council immediately in an electronic format.
  • Provide all additional application information and communicate with Council electronically.
  • Receive notices, approvals, and any endorsed plans in an electronic format .
  • Review advertised planning applications and plans online.
  • Submit objections online.

When you submit an application online and upload digital files, they go directly into our system and we can begin processing. You no longer need to print large plans or pay for postage.

If we receive a hard copy planning application, we must first scan all documents and plans before we can begin processing the application.

Online application process

To ensure security, you will need to register first as a user with Council's Online Services before you can submit a planning permit application online.

Register here

Registration takes one business day, but from this point on you can lodge applications 24 hours a day, seven days a week and take advantage of Maroondah’s other digital services during the planning process.

How to submit your application:

  1. Enter the address of the land subject to the application
  2. Confirm Applicant and Owner Details
  3. Complete the online application form
  4. Attach a copy of the title of the land
  5. Attach Plans
  6. Attach Reports
  7. Attach any other documentation
  8. Review your application and complete a lodgement declaration
  9. Pay your application fee online 

Applicant details

  • Give your full name or the name of the company.
  • Give your full postal address and your contact phone number.

Land details

Give the street number, street name, suburb and postcode (or lot number/lodged plan number) and attach a copy of the title. 

Supporting documentation

Attach a plan which includes:

  • the boundaries of the land and their measurements
  • the street it faces, the nearest intersecting street, the distance from this street and the name of all streets on the plan
  • the direction of north and the scale of the plan
  • a copy of any Restrictive Covenant on the land, if the title shows one exists.

We advise discussing your proposed application with our planning officers before the application is finalised and submitted, which can avoid both cost and delay.

Your proposal

Your application must include a plain English description of the proposal.

  • Clearly state the nature of the proposal, this will be used in any notice about the application
  • Briefly describe the current use of the land and any buildings
  • Include a copy of plans
  • Attach additional information if there is insufficient room

The cost of the development

If a permit is required to develop land, you must give the estimated cost of the development. This is used to calculate the fee you will have to pay.

"Development" refers to the buildings and works you intend to construct on the land. If no buildings or works are proposed and you only intend to change the use of an existing building or on the land, then the fee applicable is for a change of use.

The Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) is a Victorian State Government fee that applies to developments with an estimated cost of more than $1 million. This figure is indexed annually. See the  State Revenue Office for the specific amount and further information.


The relevant fee must be included with your application or it will be deemed incomplete. 

  • Payment online by credit card at the time of submitting and online application.
  • Payment in person can be made by cash, EFTPOS or credit card
  • Payment by mail can be by cheque, money order, make payable to Maroondah City Council.

View the planning fees and charges

Processing time

The average processing time once we receive your complete application is approximately 8 to 10 weeks. If your application requires further information after submission and/or advertising this will extend the timeframes. Timeframes can also be affected by referral to service authorities (water, gas etc.) which can take an additional 3 to 4 weeks.

Building surveyors

Before a building surveyor issues a Building Permit, they should check if a Planning Permit is required. If written confirmation is required, apply using a Planning Information Request.

Amending a Planning Permit

To amend a Planning Permit and or Endorsed Plans which have previously been issued by Council, you can apply using an Application to amend a planning permit or plans

This form can be used for amendments pursuant to Section 72 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and Secondary Consent applications.

Extension of time

You can request an extension to the start or completion date of the issued permit.

Application for extension of time

Further information

This information is for guidance only. Discuss your proposal with our planning officers and confirm application requirements.

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