What is a Planning Permit

what is a town planning permit

What is a Planning Permit

A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission for a land use and/or development on a parcel of land.

You may need a development planning permit to demolish, extend or construct a single dwelling; build a multi-dwelling development, remove a tree or build an industrial building.

Recently, DLM Town Planning has received a number of enquiries regarding ‘uses’ within industrial areas. Small business owners have been operating in an industrial area without knowing a planning permit was required for their business. Small business owners become aware of a ‘use’ planning permit is needed when the local Council notifies them that they are operating in contravention of the municipality planning scheme.

Under Industrial zoning, leisure and recreation activities such as a dance studio, personal training or retail premises such as a café require a ‘use’ planning permit. A ‘use’ planning permit will contain conditions generally relating to hours of operation, number of clients/patrons and staff that can be present on the land/premises at any one time or the number of car parking spaces that should be provided for clients/patrons and staff.

DLM Town Planning recommend before signing a lease for a premise, discuss how you propose to use your site with your local Council’s Planning Department. They can advise whether your proposal requires a planning permit, if the proposal is prohibited and what information will be required to support your application and outline the planning process.


DLM Town Planning offers town planning throughout Melbourne. We proudly service council municipalities including Banyule City Council, Brimbank City Council, Darebin City Council, Knox City Council, Manningham City Council, Maroondah City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Nillumbik Shire Council & Whitehorse City Council.

We offer a range of town planning services including pre-application advice, application lodgements and post-permit services.

Contact DLM Town Planning on 0414 322 791 or info@dlmtownplanning.com.au for more information!

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