If you believe you will be adversely affected by the granting of a Planning Permit, you can lodge a formal objection with Council.
The objection must:
- be in writing (this includes email) and provide your full name, address, phone number and email address
- state the grounds for your objection
- state how you will be affected by the granting of the permit.
You can include suggestions for changes to the application that address some or all of your concerns.
Objections are public documents and may be made available to the applicant and other objectors during the application process.
Submitting the objection
You can submit your objection using an online form.
Submit an objection
Alternatively, you can provide a written letter, printed form(PDF, 113KB) or email or and submit it to Council via email, post or in person:
Horsham Rural City
C/- The Statutory Planning Department
Civic Centre, 18 Roberts Avenue
PO Box 511
HORSHAM VIC 3402
For more information contact Statutory Planning on 5382 9777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Timeframe for submitting the objection
Every objection must be considered before an application for Planning Permit is decided.
When a Planning Permit application is advertised, the Notice of Application (Public Notice) advises that Council will not make a decision for at least 14 days from the date at the bottom of the notice. If you lodge your objection within this time you can be guaranteed it will be considered.
The reality is that most applications are not determined immediately after the 14 days specified in the notice and there will be additional time to lodge an objection.
Viewing objections to a Planning Permit application
Objections are public documents and may be made available to all parties and should not include any personal information of defamatory comments.
Copies will be made available to parties for the sole purpose of allowing consideration and review as part of the planning process under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Mediation meetings are sometimes facilitated by council prior to making decision to ensure all parties are aware of each other’s issues in attempting to resolve grounds of concern and negotiate any changes to proposal.
This provides an opportunity to ensure there is a clear understanding of the planning process and you will be contacted if mediation is proposed.
Planning Permit application decision after receiving objections
Council must consider all objections received up until the time we make our decision.
When Council makes a decision on the Planning Permit application, all parties involved with the application are notified of that decision in writing in what is called Notice of Decision.
The application will be either approved or refused.
- If objections are received for an approved application, Council must issue a Notice of Decision to grant a Planning Permit. A Notice of Decision is not a Planning Permit. The notice sets out the conditions that Council intends to apply to the permit should it be issued.
- If Council refuses to grant a Planning Permit, a Notice of Refusal is given to the applicant and all objectors.
All council decisions may be appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal and more information is available on the VCAT website.