How to apply for a planning permit

Before you begin your project you need to check if a planning permit is required.  

Common examples of when you may need a planning permit:

  • a heritage overlay applies to your property 
  • 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).

The planning permit process

There are generally seven stages in the planning permit process. When we send correspondence about your planning application, we will include a diagram showing which stage you are at. You can also see which stage an application is at when you view it online. 

Read the Planning permit process - seven step guide (PDF 1.9MB)

Applying for a planning permit

Telecommunications for new developments

If you are a developer or owner-builder, there are important Commonwealth telecommunications rules you need to comply with. 

More information for planning applications