Planning is concerned with the use of land, ensuring that land is well managed taking into account the needs of the community and the environment.
Planning involves making decisions that change the environment and affect everyday life. These decisions might be about dwelling locations, vegetation removal and revegetation, commercial development and protection of the environment.
A permit is not always required to use or develop land. Planning schemes allow some change in land use without the need for a permit, providing conditions are met. Some uses or developments may be prohibited.
A planning permit should not be confused with a building permit. It is not the Planning Department's role to approve the construction or structural integrity of a building. That is the role of a Building Surveyor, who is required to issue the relevant building permit, pursuant to Building Legislation. If a planning permit is required for the development, then the Council's Building Department should be contacted to determine the need for building permit.
Contact Planning and Development on 03 5832 9730 for more information.