Development (planning) application – what requires approval

A development application is an application made under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3), and is required for most forms of development. If approval is required, it must be obtained before starting any works.

Residential development

  • A patio to a single house or grouped dwelling, except where:
    • it is not visible from the street;
    • the wall/post is no greater than 3.5 metres in height from natural ground level; and
    • the cumulative length of the new patio, and any attached structures does not exceed 9 metres in length, and the posts and roof are setback a minimum of 0.5 metres from a side or rear boundary; and
    • all other requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, deemed-to-comply provisions of the Residential Design Codes or the replacement requirements of the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy, a requirement of an applicable structure plan, or other local planning policy.
  • An outbuilding (shed) to a single house or grouped dwelling, except where:
    • the outbuilding is less than 10m²;
    • abuts no more than two boundaries;
    • it is located behind the street setback area;
    • the wall height is less than 2.4 metres and ridge height is less than 4.2 metres; and
    • all other requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes or the replacement requirements of the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy, a requirement of an applicable structure plan, or other local planning policy.
  • Single house (a house or building works on green title lot or strata lot with no common property) where the development:
    • does not satisfy the planning requirements of Local Planning Scheme No. 3, deemed-to-comply provisions of the Residential Design Codes  or the replacement requirements of the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy, a requirement of an applicable Structure Plan, or other Local Planning Policy.
    • is located in a bushfire prone area and:
      • is on a lot greater than 1,100m²; and/or
      • has a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating of BAL-40 or BAL-FZ.
  • A single house (ancillary dwelling) that does not meet the deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes.
  • Grouped dwelling (house on a strata lot with common property, or more than one house on a lot) or associated development where the development:
    • is for a new grouped dwelling(s);
    • is a carport, garage, boundary wall/fence, retaining wall, pergola, veranda, or external fixture associated with an existing grouped dwelling that does not satisfy the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes, the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy, or a requirement of an applicable structure plan or other local planning policy; or
    • is located in a bushfire prone area.
  • Multiple dwellings (dwelling on top of each other) and any associated development (including patios, pergolas and outbuildings).

Commercial development

  • Construction of and additions to non-residential buildings.
  • Home Business or Home Occupation.
  • Short-term Accommodation, including bed and breakfast, holiday house and other holiday accommodation.
  • New Signs that are visible externally from a property/building.
  • Masts and antennas (including satellite dishes) where the requirements of the City’s Satellite Dishes, Aerials, and Radio Equipment Local Planning Policy are not met.
  • A change of land use from one use to another (for example, from an office to a shop), unless the proposed use is permitted in the zone in which the business is located and has no works component that requires development approval.

The purpose of lodging an application for development approval is for the City to assess your proposal to ensure it meets the requirements of Local Planning Scheme No. 3, and any applicable activity centre plans, structure plans, local development plans, and state and local planning policies.

In addition to an application for development approval, a building permit may also be required.