How to apply for a Planning Permit?

If your project is related to a business: Council now offers a streamlined online business application form and specialist customer service through a Business Application Officer to assist you up front and throughout your permit process (checklists and tools to guide you through assessing and applying for the right permits).
Visit: Starting or Buying a Business - Business Application Form

You will be required to lodge some documents with your application. Please read what to prepare before beginning online application:
Business Application Guide

Residential development

Do I need a Planning Permit?

The following is a guide for how to apply for a planning permit, following the residential development guidelines for the City of Monash.

Step 1:

Please read the following before you proceed with your application:

Getting Started - A Guide to Residential Development (pdf, 46KB)

Planning Fees & Charges (pdf, 646KB)

  • Other guidelines may affect your situation depending on your proposed development, please see:  Other Guidelines.
  • All parts of this Guide should be read to understand the requirements of the Monash Planning Scheme and Council Policy

The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, displays all necessary design guidelines, and indicate the Council's and community's expectations for quality residential development in Monash:

Step 2:

Find out your Property Information, which generally includes:

Most of this information should be located on the Certificate of Title, which will verify whether any easements or restrictions encumber the land.

If you are proposing a development, you should make sure you are aware of the entire relevant zone and other provisions that apply to your property.  Check the Monash Planning Scheme Maps to verify whether the land is in a Residential or other zone and whether the land is in an Overlay Area.  Available online or at Council premises.  This will show the acceptable guidelines for development for residences within Monash.

Check the Monash Neighbourhood Character Study to determine the relevant Character Precinct, which is also available at Council for inspection.

    Step 3:

    Prepare a preliminary but comprehensive Neighbourhood and Site Description Analysis for the site, including photographs.

    The development design must respond to any identifiable design opportunities or constraints that affect your site.

    A preliminary Neighbourhood and Site Description Analysis must be undertaken before commencement of the design work.

    Separate Development Guidelines are available from Council for:

    Site Description - Checklist (pdf, 50KB)

    Site Description - Certification of Plan Accuracy (pdf, 17KB)

    Guide to Neighbourhood Description (pdf, 52KB)

    Additionally you should find suitable development guidelines for:

    • Stormwater Management
    • Engineering Standards
    • Landscape
    • Other Guidelines that affect your situation

    Step 4:

    Prepare a Preliminary Design Concept Plan.

    Please be aware of the design guidelines for residential development in Monash, and details of Council's Policy requirements, which are located here:

    Compliance with these guidelines is essential, and will facilitate the assessment and processing of your application.

    Step 5:

    Discuss your concept proposal with Council's Town Planners before lodging an Application for Permit.  Please see the following for details:

    Guide to Pre-Application Meetings in Monash (pdf, 40KB)

    Assessment of the concept design proposal by Council's Town Planners will provide invaluable guidance in respect to compliance with Council's Policy requirements and Design Guidelines.


    • Council's town planners cannot assess a concept design without an understanding of the site and its context within the neighbourhood.
    • The Preliminary Neighbourhood and Site Description Analysis MUST be provided with the Concept Design Plan for assessment.
    • Council recommends that applicants discuss their preliminary design with future neighbours of the project. Discussions with neighbours at an early stage of the design process can help to minimise disputes at the application stage.

    Step 6:

    Complete the detailed design for the proposal, including a comprehensive Neighbourhood and Site Description Plan and Analysis for the land.  Assuring that these follow the design guidelines from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.

    Provision of accurate and detailed documents will enable Council's Town Planners to easily understand your design and how it relates to its location and streetscape.

    Step 7:

    Lodge the application including all relevant plans and documents.  The following information is essential:

    • Applicant
    • Subject Land
    • Land Owner
    • Proposal (Plans and Details of development)
    • Cost of the Development
    • Copies of Plans and Supporting Documents

    Submission of all relevant documents and plans with your application will facilitate processing of your application.  Remember it is against the law to give false or misleading information. You may receive a heavy fine and your permit may be cancelled.

    If a request for further information is required, this will delay processing of an application.

    Details of all documents and plans to be lodged with an application are listed in:

    Residential Development - Application Checklist (pdf, 204KB)

    And a detailed guide of Town Planning Procedure and How to Complete the Planning Permit form are located here:

    Guide - Town Planning Application Procedure (pdf, 29KB)

    How to Complete a Planning Permit Application Form (pdf, 186KB)

    For any additional forms, permits and guidelines associated with residential development and planning permits, please see:  Planning Forms and Permits.


    If you wish to amend a planning permit that has already been approved, please visit: Planning Application Forms

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    Last updated: 25 August 2019