Planning permit process
Most applications fall under this prescribed process. Following legislation, we will make our decision based on these steps:
A pre application meeting with Council can assist in identifying any issues or areas you need to further consider. Consultation with your neighbours is encouraged.
Your application is lodged with us, registered and allocated to a planner. You’ll receive a letter providing the contact details of your planner.
Request for more information
If we need more information in order to assess your application, we will request further information from you. As part of this process your planner may also raise design issues or other concerns, providing you an opportunity to address these issues.
If your proposal could affect neighbouring houses, businesses, or properties, public notification of the application will be required. We will be in touch with you to arrange this process and to arrange for you to pay the fees associated with advertising the application.
The public notification phase can involve notices by mail to neighbours which are sent by Council, signs on site which you are required to erect and maintain, and a notice in specified newspapers.
We place your application on our website during the notification period for interested parties to view. There is a period of 14 days in which interested people can object to, or support, your application. If there are submissions to your application, we will provide these to you at the end of the advertising period.
The Planning Scheme may specify that your application must be referred to a referral authority. Referral authorities have 28 days in which to respond to the referral.
Your planner may also seek advice from other departments within Council.
Our planner will consider your application according to the requirements of the Horsham Planning Scheme, the Planning and Environment Act, and other regulations.
We will consider advice from other departments, referral authorities and any objections received.
If we don’t make a decision on your application within 60 statutory days, you can lodge an appeal with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
There are three possible outcomes:
· Planning Permit is granted;
· Notice of Decision to issue a Planning Permit (this is only when objections are received);
· Refusal to Grant a Planning Permit is issued.
If we reject your proposal, you have 60 days following our decision to lodge an appeal with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a review.
If you disagree with us approving an application, you have 28 days from our decision to lodge an appeal with VCAT for review.
You can find information about lodging an appeal on the VCAT website.
VicSmart Applications - Fast track your permit in 10 days
Simple, straightforward and low impact planning applications may be eligible for VicSmart processing.
Key features of VicSmart include:
- Permit processing in 10 business days
- Applications are not advertised
- The information required to be submitted is pre-set by council
Does your application qualify for VicSmart?
You will need to make a pre-application appointment with the Planning team to discuss your application and find out whether it qualifies for a 10 day permit.
How do I submit a VicSmart application?
The VicSmart process involves four simple steps:
Step 1: Prepare
Step 2: Submit
Step 3: Assess
Step 4: Decide
Call and speak to a Planning Officer. Arrange a meeting to discuss your proposal, pick up checklists and any other information before submitting your application
Submit the application to the Council with all the required information as per your discussion with the Council Planning Officer
A Council officer assesses the application against pre-set criteria
A Council officer approves or refuses the application within 10 business days