Planning applications

Generally, you need a planning permit when you are:

  • changing the use of your property (eg. shop to office, café to retail)
  • making 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).

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).

Overview of the planning application process