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Planning Permits

You may need a Planning Permit for vegetation removal, building works, subdivision and other land uses or developments.

Please contact our Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 to discuss your plans.

Can I change my Planning Permit?

Yes you can, but it depends if your permit has been issued.

If a Planning Permit has been issued:

You can lodge an Application to Amend a Planning Permit.

If your Application is still being processed:

Lodge an Application to Amend an Undecided Planning Permit.

Advertising of Planning Permit Applications

Applicants are required to provide notice by mail.

Copied documents are made available here for the sole purpose of enabling its consideration and review as part of a planning process under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The documents must not be used for any purpose which may breach any copyright.

Once advertising applications are complete, (a decision made), all documentation will be removed from Council's web page.

Extension of Time for your Planning Permit

You can apply for an extension of time on your permit provided it hasn't already expired.

Secondary Consent may be sought for minor alterations to endorsed plans that form part of a Planning Permit, provided the application meets certain criteria. This can be found on the application form Secondary Consent form.

If you do not meet the criteria for Secondary Consent, you will be required to lodge an Amendment (Statutory fees apply).

Please contact our Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 to discuss your plans.

Planning fees (Statutory) - in effect from 1 July 2021

Planning fees (Non-Statutory)

Planning Information request

Please provide the completed form, copy of title (dated within 3 months of the request) and site plans. A fee applies and must be paid at the time of lodging your request.

Planning Document File Search

Use this form if you need a copy of:

  • old planning permits
  • an officer's report
  • endorsed/approved plans
Section 173 Agreements

A Section 173 Agreement is a legal contract made between Council and another party or parties under Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. A landowner is normally the other party to the Agreement, while in some cases a third party, such as a referral authority, may also be involved.

A Section 173 Agreement may be used, for example:

  • To allow the subdivision of the land to occur prior to the completion of the development of the land in accordance with an approved development permit
  • To prevent the further subdivision of land
  • To prevent a dwelling being constructed on a new rural lot created by subdivision
  • To provide for the provision of infrastructure
  • To provide ongoing protection and management of native vegetation or to require implementation of Offset Management Plan
  • To require ongoing implementation of an approved Land Management Plan
  • To establish monetary contributions for road construction.

A Section 173 Agreement is usually prepared by a solicitor with cost of preparing agreements met by the applicant.

An example of an Agreement layout is available to download below, as a guide only. We encourage you to seek your own legal advice when preparing a Section 173 Agreement.

For more information or to discuss a Section 173 Agreement please contact our Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Section 173 Agreement process

First steps:

  • Submit a draft Section 173 Agreement for assessment to
  • Once this has been assessed, we will let you know if there are any changes required, or provide consent to proceed

Once you have consent:

Once you have received consent, you will need to provide the following via post to Bass Coast Shire Council Planning Team, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi 3995.

  • Three hard copy signed Section 173 Agreements (these must be printed single sided and only stapled in top left hand corner – not bound)
  • A Client Authorisation Formfor signing

Next steps:

  • Once received, all documentation is prepared and signed by our Chief Executive Officer
  • Documentation will then be returned by post to the you for lodgement purposes at the Titles Office

At this time, we are unable to provide timeframes for this process.

Amending or Ending a Section 173 Agreement

You can apply to Council to amend or end a Section 173 Agreement on a land title (fees apply).

The process for applying to amend or end an agreement is set out in the Information Sheet and relevant application forms below.

For more information on amending or ending a Section 173 Agreement please contact our Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Objecting to a Planning Permit Application

Submissions/objections (positive and negative) are accepted up until a decision is made on the application.

The Planning Objection/Submissions Form is available to guide your submission but hand written submissions and emails submitted to Council are also accepted.

Please note that submissions are made available to the public.

If you would like to be kept up to date regarding the progress of a particular application, please provide an email address and/or phone contact in your submission.


A petition or joint letter which deals with a planning application or a planning scheme amendment currently before Council under the Planning and Environment Act will be treated as a submission to that planning application or that planning scheme amendment and will not be treated as a petition or joint letter.

A petition or joint letter is only considered as one objection in accordance with the Meeting Procedure Local Law 2009. It is normal practice for the 'first named' person on a petition to be the formal contact for acknowledgement.

VicSmart - Fast track your permit in 10 days

VicSmart is a simple, straightforward option for low impact planning applications with a processing time of 10 business days.

To be eligible for VicSmart you need to discuss your application with a member of our Planning Team so they can ensure your eligibility. They can also help guide you with any documents you may need to ensure that your application can be processed without any delays.

Contact our Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Appealing a planning decision

If you disagree with Council's decision on a planning application, you can lodge an appeal with the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Details are provided on the reverse side of the notice you will have received either as an applicant or a submitter to a specific planning permit application. Timelines for appeals do apply, so please read your copy of the notice carefully.

Council's decision on a planning application can be:

  • a Notice of Refusal
  • a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit.
  • to issue a Planning Permit

Further details and information can be found on VCAT's website at or phone 1300 018 228.

Land Management Plan

Your planning permit may include a condition that requires you to submit a Land Management Plan to Council. This will need to be endorsed by Council as part of your planning permit application.

A Land Management Plan template and guide have been developed to help you create your own plan or you can get a consultant to do it on your behalf.