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Want to develop your property or start a new
business and need a planning permit? Is it your
first planning application? Concerned about how
long the process might take?
There are many steps you can take to make sure
getting a permit is a quick and easy process.
Here's some information to help you achieve an
Consider using a planning consultant or qualified
building designer to prepare your plans and act on
your behalf throughout the process. Consultants can
save you time and money in the longer term.
When engaging a consultant planner, it's a good
idea to check membership of the Planning Institute
of Australia, the national body representing the
planning profession: www.planning.org.au
Complete planning applications
Make sure you have completed the application form
and included the land title, supporting information
and fee payment.
Incomplete applications require the City to request
further information from you, increasing processing
times and causing unnecessary delays.
Not sure what you need?
Take a look at the checklists on the Statutory
Planning page on the Council website:
Accurate professional plans
Plans should be drawn by a professional and must
be scaled and include a north point. Plans for new
houses and/or house extensions must include
adjoining property details, including location of
building footprints, windows and private open
space. Incomplete plans, like applications, delay the
Talk to your neighbours
The City of Ballarat may notify your neighbours of
your application. You should, therefore, consider
discussing your proposal with your neighbours
before making application, as objections can delay
Notifying other organisations
On occasion, the City of Ballarat must consult
other authorities, such as the CFA, regarding your
proposal. Where possible, before lodging your
application, discuss it with relevant authorities.
Planning for Success
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