Granting a planning permit
If your planning permit is granted, you must comply with all of the permit conditions. Please check the conditions very carefully and note any that must be complied with before the use or development commences. For example, amended plans may be required, or there may be a condition requiring a landscape plan to be prepared and approved by Council.
You cannot act on the permit until these conditions have been satisfied and the plans have been endorsed.
Conditions are placed on planning permits as a result of consultation with different Council departments, each with their own area of expertise.
Sometimes, conditions are required to be placed on a planning permit at the request of a Referral Authority. A Referral Authority is a statutory or government body that is responsible for a particular area of concern. For example, VicRoads is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of major roads such as Princes Highway and may require certain matters to be undertaken if a developer is working within or making alterations to the road.
Note any conditions about expiry of the permit. Most permits expire two years from the date of issue unless specified times are included as a condition of the permit.
If you feel that a permit condition is unacceptable, you have 60 days from the date the permit was issued to apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a review. Visit the VCAT website for further information www.vcat.vic.gov.au