Planning and development

Why do i need a planning permit

We need to engage in long term planning to adapt and develop the City of Yarra to meet changing demands.

We are responsible for applying planning, building and heritage controls through the permit process. We aim to ensure that development in the City of Yarra is suitable, safe, sensitive to the environment and preserves significant heritage areas.

As a part of our strategic planning process, we guide Yarra’s growth to ensure new developments occur in appropriate areas that blends in with the existing character of Yarra, and offers good outcomes for the community.

Our planning regulations are set out in the Yarra Planning Scheme. It ensures that Yarra's unique characteristics are maintained but also caters for an increase in population.

When do I need a planning permit

Generally, you need a planning permit when you are: changing the use of your property (eg. shop to office, café to retail) additions to residential properties commercial or industrial development applying for a liquor licence constructing or displaying signage waiver of car parking (associated with the increased floor space of commercial/industrial areas) demolition of a building (particularly within heritage overlay).

Two-thirds of Yarra is covered by a heritage overlay in which a planning permit is required for all works and demolition (including painting and fences).

The planning permit system helps manage the development of our city. It makes sure developments are suitable for its surroundings, considers possible environmental and heritage impacts

The following are the key stages in the planning permit application process.

What is the difference between planning and building permits?

The planning permit and building permit systems are very different and operate under separate legislation, although they are often related to each other.

A planning permit may be required for development, land use, advertising signs or removing trees depending on the requirements of the Yarra Planning Scheme.

A building permit will be required for most commercial, industrial and residential development including new buildings, alterations and additions to factories, warehouses, shops, dwellings, sheds and in some cases fences and retaining walls. Building permits can be obtained from our Municipal Building Surveyor or a private building surveyor.

Before construction or activity can start, a proposed development may require a planning permit, building permit or both.

Current major developments 

Permit number Property address Suburb Start date End date
PLN17/0766 23 - 29 Bridge Road and 22 Moorhouse Street Richmond 02 January 2018 01 February 2018
PLN17/0618 27 - 45 Best Street and 102 - 114 Scotchmer Street Fitzroy North 17 November 2017 19 December 2017
PLN17/0040 700 - 718 Heidelberg Road Alphington 14 November 2017 29 November 2017
PLN17/0588 65 Cambridge Street Collingwood 01 November 2017 01 December 2017
PLN17/0535 20 - 30 Mollison Street Abbotsford 27 October 2017 29 November 2017
PLN17/0694 11 Brunswick Street Fitzroy 23 October 2017 24 November 2017
PLN17/0512 93 Wellington Street Collingwood 06 October 2017 07 November 2017
PLN17/0448 484 - 486 Swan Street Richmond 06 September 2017 06 October 2017
PLN17/0389 16A - 17A / 64 Balmain Street Cremorne 29 August 2017 28 September 2017
PLN17/0456 594 - 612 Church Street Cremorne 13 August 2017 12 September 2017
PLN17/0626 60 - 88 Cremorne Street Cremorne 10 August 2017 12 September 2017
PLN17/0388 175 Burnley Street Richmond 09 August 2017 10 September 2017
PLN17/0370 198 - 242 Burnley Street Richmond 03 August 2017 04 September 2017
PLN17/0131 150 - 152 Bridge Road and 1 - 3 Allowah Terrace Richmond 02 August 2017 01 September 2017
PLN17/0332 51 Langridge Street Collingwood 26 July 2017 25 August 2017
PLN16/0807 33 - 35 Stewart Street and 37 - 39 Stewart Street Richmond 29 June 2017 31 July 2017
PLN16/0922 1 - 57 Wellington Street and 71 - 77 Victoria Parade Collingwood 29 June 2017 29 August 2017
PLN17/0322 630 Victoria Street Richmond 28 June 2017 26 July 2017
PLN17/0297 630 Victoria Street Richmond 28 June 2017 26 July 2017
PLN16/1158 195 Bridge Road Richmond 26 June 2017 26 July 2017
PLN17/0278 506 and 508 - 510 Church Street Cremorne 26 June 2017 26 July 2017
PLN16/0923 205 - 211 Queens Parade and 6 - 12 Dummett Crescent Clifton Hill 16 June 2017 12 July 2017
PLN17/0177 57 Balmain Street Cremorne 31 May 2017 30 June 2017
PLN17/0284 12 - 18 Albert Street Richmond 31 May 2017 30 June 2017
PLN16/1050 42 - 44 Oxford Street and 61 - 63 Cambridge Street and 16 Langridge Street Collingwood 10 May 2017 09 June 2017
PLN16/1155 312 - 314 Johnston Street Abbotsford 08 May 2017 08 June 2017
PLN16/1027 242 Bridge Road Richmond 21 April 2017 30 June 2017
PLN16/1070 5 - 9 Alexandra Parade Collingwood 13 April 2017 12 May 2017
PLN16/1028 34 - 36 Nicholson Street Fitzroy 11 January 2017 13 February 2017
PLN16/0741 378 - 390 St Georges Road Fitzroy North 28 December 2016 03 February 2017
PLN16/0915 370 - 374 Swan Street Richmond 21 December 2016 20 January 2017
PLN16/0926 93 - 99 Victoria Parade Fitzroy 07 December 2016 06 January 2017
PLN16/0925 59 - 77 Victoria Parade and 5 - 7 Brunswick Street and 20 - 32 Fitzroy Street Fitzroy 07 December 2016 06 January 2017
PLN15/0191 314 - 320 Swan Street and 236 Coppin Street Richmond 14 October 2016 02 November 2016
PLN15/0612 247 - 259 Johnston Street and 36 - 40 Stafford Street Abbotsford 20 September 2016 06 October 2016
PLN15/0712 95 - 105 Victoria Street and 277 - 285 Brunswick Street Fitzroy 29 July 2016 15 August 2016
PLN16/0092 15 - 21 Derby Street and 27 - 29 Oxford Street Collingwood 26 April 2016 31 May 2016
PLN15/1176 2 Gough Street (Nylex Site) Cremorne 21 April 2016 13 May 2016
PLN15/0647 245 - 251 Swan Street Richmond 01 April 2016 19 April 2016
PLN15/0637 88 - 92 Smith Street and 17 - 21 Little Oxford Street Collingwood 02 March 2016 18 March 2016
PLN15/1101 217 - 241 Queens Parade Clifton Hill 11 February 2016 14 March 2016
PLN14/0727 19 - 21 Judd Street Richmond 21 April 2015 22 May 2015
PLN14/1205 429 - 437 Swan Street and 16 - 26 Farmer Street Richmond 31 March 2015 01 May 2015
PLN14/0861 153 - 155 and 177 Bridge Road Richmond 05 December 2014 06 January 2015
PLN11/0834 Richmond Plaza 271 Bridge Road and 208 224 228 230 and 238 Church Street and 46 Cameron Street and 37 - 39 Bank Street Richmond 23 November 2011 28 December 2011
PLN17/0044 11 - 13 Pearson Street Cremorne
PLN16/0843 423 - 425 Smith Street Fitzroy
PLN15/1082 329 - 341 Victoria Parade Abbotsford
PLN16/0434 26 - 56 Queens Parade Fitzroy North
PLN16/0494 249 - 265 Queens Parade Clifton Hill