Planning applications

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.

Please note: There is currently an issue with our online forms and the updated version of Chrome and Microsoft Edge. We are working to resolve this issue. If you upgraded your browser during February to March 2020, then you may experience time out issues when using our online forms. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Opening our online forms for more than 15 minutes may result in being timed out, and losing information entered when you press ‘submit’. To ensure a form doesn't time out, please prepare the information you want to send to us offline, then cut and paste your information into the form. 

If you press ‘submit’ and don't receive an acknowledgment email with a reference number, please email the statutory planning unit on

Overview of the planning application process