Victorian Planning Permit Activity Annual Report 2012-13 released

THE number of planning permits decided in Victoria was 48,193 during the 2012-13 financial year, a decrease of 8 per cent compared to 2011-12, according to the latest Planning Permit Activity in Victoria Annual Report 2012-13 released this month by the Department of Transport, Local Infrastructure and Planning.

The tenth annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria provides a summary of statistical information for the 2012-13 financial year using data provided by the 79 local government authorities, the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal.

According to the Department, the report highlights information on applications received and decided, changes in land use, the number of permits by category, the estimated cost of works involved in permits decided, the time to process permits and the number of permits that required further information requests, public notice, referral or involved submissions.

As per the previous financial year's report, the 2012-13 report covers information for the state aggregated and consistently presented at four levels: (1) state; (2) metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria; (3) six sub-regions – three metropolitan and three rural/regional; and (4) the 82 individual planning schemes.

In addition to a decrease in the number of permits decided between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2013, there was also a decline in the number or permits received, with 51,710 permits received in 2012-13, a decrease of 6.2 per cent compared to 2011-12.

Other key statistics include:

  • Planning permits were issued for an estimated $21.7 billion in cost of works, an increase of 9.2 per cent on 2011-12;
  • 66 per cent of applications were decided within sixty days, compared to 63 per cent in 2011-12;
  • Permits issued for new dwellings provide for an estimated increase of 48,540 new dwellings;
  • Permits for subdivision involved an estimated 35,961 new lots; and
  • 20.3 per cent of permits issued involved a change in land use, with the majority of these involving a change to a residential use.

Of all applications received, 20,915 (39 per cent) required public notice, 21,958 (41 per cent) required further information, 16,743 (31 per cent) involved referrals and 7,761 (15 per cent) required submissions.

While 66 per cent of planning permit applications were completed within 60 days, the median processing days to Responsible Authority determination was 76 days and the average gross days to Responsible Authority determination was 127.

The total value of fees for applications received was just over $23.5 million, compared to almost 25.5 million in 2011-12. The average fee per application received was $456, compared to $459 in 2011-12, while the average cost of works per permit issued was $471,244 in 2012-13, compared to $398,261 in 2011-12.

Of the 79 local government authorities covered in the report, Mornington Peninsula decided the most applications (2,566), followed by Greater Geelong (1,595) Yarra Ranges (1,502), Boorondara (1,471), Moreland (1,434) and Yarra (1,430).

The Planning Permit Activity in Victoria Annual Report 2012-13 is available from the Department of Planning and Community Development website at <>.

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