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Statutory Planning
Apply for a planning permit, download application forms, object to an application.

In this section...

Do you have a planning enquiry...?
Find out where to obtain FREE planning information.
Do I need a permit?
Find out what type of works require a building permit and when a planning permit is required
Pre-application meeting
Discuss your proposal at a pre-application meeting.
Have Your Say!
Download a planning application objection form
Application process
A step-by-step guide to apply for a planning permit, including checklists
Native Vegetation Removal
Do I need a planning permit to remove native vegetation?
Planning application forms and fees
Download planning permit and  amendment application forms. Find out what fees are associated with these applications.
Planning Information and Appointments
Make an appointment with Planning Services staff to discuss your enquiry.

You can obtain a free Planning Property Report online with Planning Zones and Overlays for a property at: You can obtain a free Planning Property Report online with Planning Zones and Overlays for a property at: http://services.land.vic.gov.au/landchannel/content/

The Mansfield Planning Scheme is also available online at: http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/mansfield

Many things that we plan to do can affect other people. Therefore we need to have some process to ensure that decisions we make about land use and development are fair, orderly, economic and sustainable.
The Mansfield Planning Scheme consists of zones, overlays and other provisions which determine whether a planning permit is required.
Generally, a planning permit is required for:
  • Changing the use of your property (eg. Shop to office)
  • Subdivision of land
  • Commercial & industrial developments
  • Applying for a liquor license
  • Advertising signs
  • Waiver of car parking
  • Native Vegetation Removal

Depending on the zone or overlay that applies to a property, a planning permit may also be required for:

  • Use for and Construction of a dwelling
  • Buildings and Works including Earthworks

If you propose to use or develop land, it is best to first discuss the proposal with a planning officer at the Council. By arranging a pre-application meeting, the officer will be able to advise you as to whether you need a planning permit and what information you will need to submit with your planning application. For an appointment please contact the Council on (03) 5775 8555 to arrange a meeting with a planning officer.

Do I need a Planning Permit to run a business from home?

Some businesses may be conducted from your private place of residence without a Planning approval. However, the Mansfield Planning Scheme has a number of requirements which need to be met. See Clause 52.11 of the Mansfield Planning Scheme.

Although you may be able to conduct a business without a permit, if signage is to be erected, a planning permit may be required. Please contact the Council on (03) 5775 8555 to arrange an appointment with a planning officer to obtain further information.

Application Process

How do I lodge a planning permit application?

The information you will need to supply to apply for a planning permit will vary depending on what you are seeking a permit for, however generally you must include:

  • A completed ‘Application for Planning Permit' form. See below to print off an application form.
  • A current copy of your Certificate of Title printed within the last threemonths.
  • Payment of the Application Fee
  • Two Sets of A3 sized Plans
  • Site Plan
  • Locality Plan
  • Signed cultural heritage Declaration From  

Applications can be lodged:

  • In person: by calling (03) 5775 8555 and making an appointment to meet with one of the planning staff at the Council offices at 33 Highett Street Mansfield
  • By mail: to Planning Services, Mansfield Shire Council, Private Bag 1000 Mansfield VIC 3724


What is VicSmart?

VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications. Classes of application are identified in the planning scheme as being VicSmart and have specified requirements for information, assessment processes and decision guidelines.

Key features of VicSmart include:

  • a 10 day permit process
  • applications are not advertised
  • information to be submitted with an application and what council can consider is pre-set
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the council or delegate decides the application.

For more information about VicSmart visit the DTPLI website.



Why do I need to submit a current copy of title?

Title information confirms the location and dimensions of the land specified in the planning application and any obligations affecting what can be done on or with the land. As well as describing the land, a full copy of the title will include a diagram or plan of the land and will identify any encumbrances, caveats and notices.

It is important that you attached a current copy (printed within the last two months) of title for each individual parcel of land forming the subject site. 'Current' title information accurately provides all relevant and up to date information.
Copies of title documents can be obtained from Land Registry online: online at http://services.land.vic.gov.au/landchannel/content/ ,by phone:  03 8636 2010, or at: Level 10, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

How long will my application take to be processed?

The planning process is complex and the Council must consider a wide range of policies and requirements. A decision may not be made for a considerable time after the application is lodged depending on the complexity of the use, need for further information, public notification, objections, the amount of referrals to relevant authorities and the decision process. 

It is not unusual for applications to take several months to determine, even where you may feel that the matter appears straight forward. If at any stage you have any queries about a proposal please contact the planning officer dealing with the application.


Preparing for a pre-application meeting

When you attend a pre-application meeting, you are asked to bring along the following to help us give you accurate advice:

  • Sketch or concept plans of the proposal
  • A full current copy of title
  • A site or survey plan of the property
  • Photos of the site and surrounding properties
  • Elevation Plans Car Parking layout
  • Any other relevant information, documents or plans related to the proposal
Failure to act on the advice provided by the planning officer at the pre-application meeting will increase the risk of a request for further information and/or design modifications that will delay the processing of your application.

Consult your neighbours.

The Council also strongly encourages that applicants/owners consider communicating directly with their neighbours before making an application for planning permit.

Obtaining neighbouring residents’ input into the design of a proposal prior to an applying for planning permit can assist to minimise later objections and concerns from neighbouring residents and may prevent the proposal and application from being amended at a later date.

This above outlines the minimum information required for a pre-application meeting and should be used as a general guide only. If your proposal is more complex, additional information may be required.

If you have any questions regarding the process for making a pre-application meeting or need clarification on what you are required to bring to the meeting, please contact Planning Services on (03) 5775 8555

Do I need an application to remove/lop/destroy a tree in my property?

The Mansfield Planning Scheme has many controls regarding the retention of vegetation. It is necessary for people inquiring about this issue to contact the Council’s Environment Officer with information on the type and health of the vegetation in question. This will assist officers in determining whether a planning permit is required to remove, lop or destroy the vegetation.

Native vegetation permitted clearing regulations

Visit the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) website for further information: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/biodiversity/native-vegetation/native-vegetation-permitted-clearing-regulations

Do I need to prepare a Cultural Heritage Management Plan ?

Click here to access Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Planning Tool

Additional information relating to Aboriginal Cultural Heritage is located at the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

Car Parking Reduction/ Waiver Planning Advice Note
To find out more please click here

You can obtain a free Planning Property Report online with Planning Zones and Overlays for a property at http://services.land.vic.gov.au/landchannel/content/.

The Mansfield Planning Scheme is also available online at: http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/mansfield .  


Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 4.15pm for those wishing to make an enquiry with Planning Services staff. Appointments can be made:

Please download, complete and return this form to assist Planning Services staff with  preparing for your meeting.


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