Applying for a planning permit


A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission for a use or development on a particular piece of land. To obtain a permit, an application must be made to Council. If Council agrees with the proposal, it will grant a planning permit.

If a planning permit is required, it must be issued before the building permit can be issued.

NOTE: For new dwellings, dwelling extensions and non-habitual outbuildings eg. garage in the rural areas please consult with Council as you may be located within a Bushfire Management Overlay.

Step 1: Find out if a permit is required

Talk to a Council planner to find out whether a permit is required, what information must be provided with the application, and what relevant policies and provisions Council will use to assess it.

Different information will need to be provided for different types of permit applications and might include site plans, elevation drawings or a written report.

Step 2: Fill out the application form

When lodging your application, you must submit the following items:

  • A completed Application Form.

  • The Fee applicable to the application (Contact the office for applicable fee)

  • A recent copy of the Certificate of Title including details of any covenants or encumbrances affecting the land.

  • A written summary of what you propose.

  • Three (3) copies of any site plan drawn to scale.

  • Three (3) copies of any elevations drawn to scale.

  • Any photos you have of the site.

  • For single dwellings on a site less than 300m2 and for multi-unit development additional information may be required.

  • Any other information required by the West Wimmera Planning Scheme in relation to the type of application being made.

You should provide all of the required information when you submit the application to enable your application to be expedited.

Step 3: Submit the application

Try to lodge the application with the council planner you discussed the proposal with. Get them to check that all the necessary information is provided.

Council also accepts electronic lodgement of subdivision applications through SPEAR.

You will receive an acknowledgment letter from Council. The Council planner will check the application and advise you (in writing) within a reasonable time if more information is required. If more information is required, you should provide it promptly or the application won't be processed further.

The application is a public document and is available for inspection at the Council offices. So that people who may be affected by the proposal can understand what's proposed, copies of plans may be made available to them.

For further information on the planning permit process refer to the Planning: A Short Guide available on the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure website.