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Ministerial planning applications

The Minister for Planning, not Melbourne City Council, is the Responsible Authority for some planning applications within the City of Melbourne municipality.

Examples of planning applications that the Minister for Planning is the Responsible Authority for under the include:

  • Developments with a gross floor area exceeding 25,000 square metres.
  • Use and development to which clause 52.20 applies.
  • Development of 10 or more dwellings to which clause 53.20 applies.
  • Use or development to which clause 53.22 applies.
  • Use or development to which clause 53.23 applies.
  • Development and use of land at a number of specific sites, including the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington Racecourse and the Melbourne Casino.

The Department of Transport and Planning maintains a register of Ministerial planning applicationsOpens in new tab on their website.

City of Melbourne’s role in ministerial planning applications

The Minister for Planning will generally seek comments from Melbourne City Council when assessing a planning application within the City of Melbourne municipality. In specific circumstances, Melbourne City Council is a Referral Authority for the application, and the Minister for Planning must formally refer the planning application to Council.

The City of Melbourne’s Ministerial planning permit register records instances where comments have been sought from Melbourne City Council for a ministerial planning application, or where a ministerial planning application has been formally referred to Council.

our acknowledgement

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The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.