Planning compliance and enforcement

We investigate suspected breaches of the Yarra Planning Scheme. If we are alerted to a breach, we will seek compliance from the property owner in a conciliatory manner. However, if negotiations aren’t successful, we may use the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to take appropriate enforcement action.

What is a breach?

  • Building works conducted without a planning permit, such as house extensions or demolitions.
  • Building works that are inconsistent with the planning permit or endorsed plans.
  • Illegal use of a property or changing the way the land is used without planning approval (if approval is required).
  • Changing heritage overlay without approval.

Examples that are not breaches of the planning scheme:

  • Changes that do not require a planning permit
  • Noise coming from a public space
  • Public noise nuisance

Report a breach of planning regulations