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Melbourne Planning Scheme

The Melbourne Planning Scheme controls land use and development within the City of Melbourne. It contains state and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.

The planning scheme determines if a planning permit is required to change the use of land or to construct a building or make other changes to the land and specifies relevant assessment criteria when a planning permit is required.

In most instances, buildings and works in the municipality, whether residential or business, must be approved by Council through the planning permit application process.

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How do I find out which planning scheme controls apply to my property?

Every property has a set of planning controls which specify when a planning permit is required.  Different controls apply to different properties, so it is important to find out which controls affect your property before embarking on the planning permit assessment process.

To find out what controls apply to your property you can:

View planning scheme maps in person between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday at:

Planning and building counter
Level 3,
Council House 2,
240 Little Collins Street,

View current planning scheme amendments

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