Planning Permit Activity Monthly Report

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Victoria - April 2021

The following is a summary of the planning permit activity for the state of Victoria.

The figures shown below are correct as at 17-05-2021. The hyperlinked figures will search for the relevant current data in the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) and can only be accessed by registered Council users.

Click on the icon for further information about how these figures are calculated.

For further information about any of these figures, please contact Planning Support.


Data Accuracy

PPARs reports are subject to change as data is submitted by responsible authorities. Data sourced from PPARs should reference the report 'generated date' and statement of data accuracy which notes if any responsible authorities data is missing.

PPARs applies data checks in the form of 'business rules' to all data submitted for consistency. The validity of data relies on responsible authority systems, data entry and accurate submissions to PPARs.

Reports are generated on the 15th day of the month following the report period (or next business day). Planning Support will update reports with late submissions from responsible authorities on request.

At the time of generation/update, the following responsible authorities had not provided data to PPARs for the month of this report:

Alpine, Boroondara, Cardinia, Central Goldfields, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Hepburn, Hobsons Bay, Horsham, Indigo, Minister for Planning, Mitchell, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Stonnington, Strathbogie, Surf Coast, Towong


Application activity

This Month Last Month % Change Financial Year to Date
Total applications received 3,214   4,072   -21.1% 40,667  
New permit application 2,784 [86.6%] 3,520 [86.4%] -20.9% 34,930 [85.9%]
Amended permit application 428 [13.3%] 552 [13.6%] -22.5% 5,715 [14.1%]
Combined permit application 0 [0.0%] 0 [0.0%] 0% 10 [0.0%]
Total responsible authority outcomes 3,329   3,975   -16.3% 39,840  
Notices of Decision to issue permit
(includes amended permits)
328 [9.9%] 388 [9.8%] -15.5% 4,029 [10.1%]
Refusal 91 [2.7%] 103 [2.6%] -11.7% 1,123 [2.8%]
Withdrawn, not required, lapsed 401 [12.0%] 483 [12.2%] -17.0% 4,496 [11.3%]
Final outcomes 3,248   3,931   -17.4% 38,991  
New permit issued 2,428 [74.8%] 2,902 [73.8%] -16.3% 28,828 [73.9%]
Amended permit issued 363 [11.2%] 468 [11.9%] -22.4% 4,883 [12.5%]
Combined permit issued 1 [0.0%] 1 [0.0%] 0.0% 10 [0.0%]
No permit issued 456 [14.0%] 560 [14.2%] -18.6% 5,270 [13.5%]

Applications received and decided


50,000
0
February 2021 March 2021 April 2021
 Active at the start of the period (24,961)    Received during the period (3,214)    Determined during the period (3,329)  


Performance figures

  This Month Last Month Financial Year to Date
Applications with:    
   
Public notice 1,244 1,515 14,722
Further information 1,705 2,001 19,587
Referrals 895 1,055 9,929
Submissions 352 460 4,260
Financial          
Total value of fees for applications received $3,357,040 $4,168,643 $42,544,482
Average fee per application received $1,045 $1,024 $1,046
Total estimated cost of works for permits issued $1,525,601,070 $2,162,335,667 $20,732,233,119
Average cost of works per permit issued $546,419 $641,452 $614,817
 
Processing times          
Average gross days to
Responsible Authority determination
116 120 115
Median processing days to
Responsible Authority determination
71 81 71
Completed within sixty days 66.6% 65.4% 67.1%
Average gross days to final outcome 127 130 124
Median processing days to final outcome 73 83 71
VicSmart applications          
Received 642 790 7907
Completed 646 769 7835
Completed within ten days 82.7% 79.8% 80.2%

Reviews at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Under review at the start of the period: 88

  This Month Last Month % Change Financial Year to Date
Grounds for appeal* on appeals lodged:
Section 77: Appeal against refusal by RA 34   49   -30.6% 373  
Section 79: Appeal against failure to grant 10   11   -9.1% 94  
Section 80: Appeal against conditions 6   14   -57.1% 159  
Section 82: Appeal against issue of permit 13   23   -43.5% 232  
 
Total determinations 77   92   -16.3% 957  
Affirmed 19 [24.7%] 27 [29.3%] -29.6% 292 [30.5%]
Varied 25 [32.5%] 19 [20.7%] 31.6% 269 [28.1%]
Set Aside 23 [29.9%] 32 [34.8%] -28.1% 293 [30.6%]
Withdrawn/Struck out 10 [13.0%] 14 [15.2%] -28.6% 101 [10.6%]
Remitted 0 [0.0%] 0 [0.0%] 2 [0.2%]
 
Processing times
Average gross days to determination 233   253   -7.9% 209  
Median processing days to determination 200   260   -23.1% 185  

*Appeals may have multiple grounds for review, and thus may be listed more than once.

*PPARs monthly reports use VCAT figures submitted to PPARs by responsible authorities. These figures are not sourced directly from the Department of Justice.


Outcomes for Permits Issued

Application categories for permits issued

Note that permits may have more than one category.

  This Month Last Month Financial Year to Date
Change or extension of use 261 378 3,415
Alterations to a building, structure or dwelling 298 379 3,894
Extension to an existing dwelling or structure associated with a dwelling 305 408 4,543
Extension to an existing building or structure (other than a dwelling) 69 86 855
One of more new buildings 315 405 4,017
Single dwelling 365 448 3,997
Multi-dwelling 417 490 4,731
Other buildings and works (including septic tanks, dams, earthworks) 165 210 1,954
Demolition 92 126 1,167
Native vegetation removal 72 73 757
Other vegetation removal 134 198 1,737
Consolidation 0 2 15
Subdivision of land 430 448 4,784
Subdvision of buildings 54 55 642
Subdivision - Change to easement and/or restrictions 51 44 478
Subdivision - Removal of covenant 7 11 100
Subdivision - Realignment of boundary 23 30 251
Liquor license 46 52 459
Waiving of parking requirement 57 75 661
Signage 126 121 1,311
Telecommunications facility 3 4 49
Other 0 0 0
 

The net number of additional dwellings approved is 1,940


The net number of lots created from subdivision approval is 25,067



The following table displays the proposed land uses for issued permits (new and combined) where there was a change in land use.

  This Month Last Month Financial Year to Date
Agriculture 4 9 59
Food and drink premises 18 18 165
Industry and warehouse 51 55 571
Leisure and recreation 18 13 181
Office 11 9 153
Place of assembly 8 13 115
Residential / Accommodation 314 400 3,642
Retail premises 24 23 180
Vacant 2 5 44
Child care 7 10 73
Education centre 3 9 48
Mineral extraction 2 2 18
Pleasure boat facility 0 0 2
Transport terminal 1 1 4
Utility installation 2 2 29
Mixed use 25 39 313
Other 0 0 0