Victorian planning permit applications up by 3 per cent in 2009-10

PLANNING permit applications in Victoria increased by 3 per cent in 2009-10 compared to the previous financial year, according to the recently released report, Planning Permit Activity in Victoria 2009-10.

The report, published by the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) in association with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), provides updated information about planning applications lodged with Victorian councils over the 2009-10 financial year.

The report reveals that while the 55,874 total applications lodged with councils was an increase compared to 2008-09, the amount of new applications was slightly less.

Of all planning applications, 47,273 were new planning applications, 8,499 were applications to amend an existing permit and 91 were combined permit applications, where there was an associated planning scheme amendment.

The estimated cost of works for all development applications in Victoria in 2009-10 was $17.94 billion, an increase of over 4 per cent compared to 2008-09.

Approximately two-thirds of new applications were lodged under a Melbourne metropolitan planning scheme, with the remaining lodged under a rural/regional planning scheme.

Between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010, 49,360 planning applications were decided, of which 96 per cent were permits issued and 4 per cent were refusals. Of all decided applications:

  • 93% were made under delegated authority;
  • 37% had further information requests issued;
  • 37% were subject to public notice requirements;
  • 29% were referred to referral authorities; and
  • 15% had objections lodged.

The most common type of planning application lodged in Victoria was for construction of one new dwelling, representing over one-quarter of all applications. This was followed by subdivision of land (between 1 to 9 lots), construction of between 2 to 10 dwellings and extension to an existing dwelling or structure associated with a dwelling.

There was an increase in applications for the construction of multiple dwellings, with 7,218 applications lodged in 2009-10 (compared to 5,749 in 2008-09) for between 2 to 10 dwellings and 692 applications (567 in 2008-09) for more than 10 dwellings.

Other statistics include:

  • The average gross days to decision was 117 days;
  • The median gross days to decision was 73 days;
  • The value of fees was $23.3 million; and
  • 10,497 or 19 per cent of applications lodged were where a pre-application meeting occurred.

Of the 80 responsible authorities covered in the report, the authorities that received the most planning applications during the 2009-10 period were:

  • 1. Mornington Peninsula (3,174)
  • 2. Yarra Ranges (2,090)
  • 3. Greater Geelong (1,578)
  • 4. Boroondara (1,560)
  • 5. Moreland (1,494)
  • 6. Knox (1,447)
  • 7. Yarra (1,433)
  • 8. Port Phillip (1,399)
  • 9. Stonnington (1,328)
  • 10. Melbourne (1,255)

The report also outlines planning permits and consents for the replacement of buildings damaged or destroyed during the Victorian bushfires of February 2009. Since 1 January 2009 there have been 1223 applications lodged and 1190 applications decided for bushfire affected properties.

The report, Planning Permit Activity in Victoria 2009-10, is available from the Department of Planning and Community Development website at <>.

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