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VicSmart planning applications

What is VicSmart?

Planning permits in 10 days

VicSmart is a fast track planning process for straightforward planning permit applications.

VicSmart applications follow a shortened version of Council's planning process and are subject to the normal appeal process if you disagree with Council's decision.

VicSmart applications are:

  • decided within 10 business days
  • exempt from advertising and VCAT appeals involving neighbours
  • exempt from referral to external authorities*
  • subject to a shorter set of planning policies (decision guidelines) for Council to consider.

Is my application VicSmart?

There are a set number of types of applications that qualify for the VicSmart process.

See statutory fees for VicSmart applications.

The types of applications that often qualify for VicSmart are:

  • Remove, destroy or lop one tree 
  • Subdivide land with an approved development into two lots where works have begun 
  • Realign a boundary between two lots 
  • Subdivide land into lots each containing an existing building or car parking space 
  • buildings and works in an industrial zone with an estimated cost of up to $1 million
  • buildings and works up to $500,000 in commercial and some special purpose areas
  • Construct a front fence in an overlay 
  • Minor subdivision, minor buildings and works, painting or tree lopping in a Heritage Overlay 
  • Minor subdivision or buildings and works in a Special Building Overlay*
  • Display a sign in a commercial or industrial zone 
  • Reduce a car parking requirement 
  • Reduce or waive the loading and unloading requirements

*Special Building Overlay applications must obtain pre-approval from Melbourne Water before being submitted to Council.

A full list of VicSmart Application types, including special conditions that must also be met for your application to qualify, is in Clause 92 of the Maroondah Planning Scheme – State VicSmart Applications.

How to apply for VicSmart

To lodge a VicSmart application, simply follow the normal process for lodging a planning application. Once Council has received your application, we will automatically fast track it if it qualifies for VicSmart.

You can help streamline this assessment by submitting a completed VicSmart checklist with your application. Completing this checklist helps you to ensure you have gathered and submitted all of the required information.


There are Checklists available for each category to ensure you have the required information for the class of VicSmart application:

  • Checklist 1:Realign a boundary between two lots
  • Checklist 2:Subdivide land into lots each containing an existing building
  • Checklist 3:Subdivide land with an approved development into two lots
  • Checklist 4:Construct a front fence in a residential zone
  • Checklist 5:Construct a building or works in a commercial or industrial zone
  • Checklist 6:Construct a fence in an overlay
  • Checklist 7:Remove, destroy or lop one tree
  • Checklist 8:Minor subdivision, minor works or tree lopping in a Heritage Overlay
  • Checklist 9:Minor subdivision or buildings and works within a Special Building Overlay
  • Checklist 10:Display a sign in a commercial or industrial zone
  • Checklist 11:Reduce a car parking requirement
  • Checklist 12:Reduce or waive loading/unloading requirements
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