Apply for a planning permit

Depending on the Planning Scheme controls affecting a property, such as zoning, a planning permit may be required for:

  • buildings or works
  • changing the use of a property
  • subdivision of land
  • to display advertising signage
  • reduction or waiver of car parking requirements
  • the sale and consumption of liquor
  • carrying our earthworks
  • vegetation removal
  • a combination of the above.

To check if you require planning permission go to the Cardinia Planning Scheme or contact our Statutory Planning department before starting works on 1300 787 624.


We issue planning permits which allow for land to be used, subdivided or developed in accordance with the Cardinia Planning Scheme.

Building permits relate to the construction process.

Before applying for your planning permit, you can request a meeting with a Council officer.

A pre-application meeting is not always necessary. To discuss whether you need a meeting, call a planning officer on 1300 787 624.

Request a meeting before applying for a planning permit 

When applying for a planning permit you will need to provide the following:

  • current copy of title issued in the last three months
  • complete copies of any covenants or Section 173 Agreements listed on the title
  • details of your proposal, including the description of the proposal and any other relevant information, i.e. justification of setbacks, size, vegetation removal and any excavation or fill
  • site plans, floor plans, and elevation plans drawn to an appropriate scale and fully dimensioned
  • required fee (see below).

Depending on the nature of the application, further information may still be required.

You can apply for the permit online using our e-Planning portal. This is the easiest and most convenient way to lodge your application. 

Using ePlanning, you can also: 

  • track the progress of your application
  • make changes to and re-submit your application
  • view the online planning register 
  • view status of revisions and amendments
  • submit objections
  • pay fees

Go to ePlanning 

Download our Planning Permit Application form to complete this form offline. Your completed application can be sent to us via email, post or fax.

You can also visit us to get a hard copy of this form. 

Planning and subdivision fees are set by the Victorian Government.

See current fees