Planning Permit Activity Monthly Report

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Victoria - January 2021

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

The figures shown below are correct as at 24-02-2021. 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, Ararat, Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Hepburn, Minister for Planning, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Stonnington, West Wimmera


Application activity

This Month Last Month % Change Financial Year to Date
Total applications received 2,467   4,170   -40.8% 28,379  
New permit application 2,141 [86.8%] 3,556 [85.3%] -39.8% 24,251 [85.5%]
Amended permit application 324 [13.1%] 612 [14.7%] -47.1% 4,077 [14.4%]
Combined permit application 2 [0.1%] 1 [0.0%] 100.0% 9 [0.0%]
Total responsible authority outcomes 2,794   4,378   -36.2% 27,296  
Notices of Decision to issue permit
(includes amended permits)
268 [9.6%] 523 [11.9%] -48.8% 2,756 [10.1%]
Refusal 66 [2.4%] 137 [3.1%] -51.8% 772 [2.8%]
Withdrawn, not required, lapsed 396 [14.2%] 397 [9.1%] -0.3% 2,945 [10.8%]
Final outcomes 2,888   4,207   -31.4% 26,800  
New permit issued 2,088 [72.3%] 3,182 [75.6%] -34.4% 19,801 [73.9%]
Amended permit issued 357 [12.4%] 493 [11.7%] -27.6% 3,436 [12.8%]
Combined permit issued 0 [0.0%] 1 [0.0%] -100.0% 7 [0.0%]
No permit issued 443 [15.3%] 531 [12.6%] -16.6% 3,556 [13.3%]

Applications received and decided


50,000
0
November 2020 December 2020 January 2021
 Active at the start of the period (25,321)    Received during the period (2,467)    Determined during the period (2,794)  


Performance figures

  This Month Last Month Financial Year to Date
Applications with:    
   
Public notice 1,203 1,726 10,070
Further information 1,581 2,201 13,447
Referrals 810 1,107 6,815
Submissions 438 453 2,886
Financial          
Total value of fees for applications received $2,594,742 $5,156,481 $31,351,348
Average fee per application received $1,052 $1,237 $1,105
Total estimated cost of works for permits issued $1,276,488,075 $1,492,636,420 $11,329,563,595
Average cost of works per permit issued $522,081 $406,049 $487,419
 
Processing times          
Average gross days to
Responsible Authority determination
147 122 113
Median processing days to
Responsible Authority determination
83 76 68
Completed within sixty days 66.5% 66.9% 68.8%
Average gross days to final outcome 166 126 122
Median processing days to final outcome 90 74 68
VicSmart applications          
Received 497 700 5558
Completed 439 827 5479
Completed within ten days 75.4% 78.5% 79.6%

Reviews at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Under review at the start of the period: 47

  This Month Last Month % Change Financial Year to Date
Grounds for appeal* on appeals lodged:
Section 77: Appeal against refusal by RA 15   31   -51.6% 217  
Section 79: Appeal against failure to grant 4   10   -60.0% 56  
Section 80: Appeal against conditions 10   11   -9.1% 99  
Section 82: Appeal against issue of permit 18   24   -25.0% 153  
 
Total determinations 34   86   -60.5% 639  
Affirmed 11 [32.4%] 25 [29.1%] -56.0% 208 [32.6%]
Varied 10 [29.4%] 23 [26.7%] -56.5% 177 [27.7%]
Set Aside 8 [23.5%] 29 [33.7%] -72.4% 195 [30.5%]
Withdrawn/Struck out 5 [14.7%] 9 [10.5%] -44.4% 57 [8.9%]
Remitted 0 [0.0%] 0 [0.0%] 2 [0.3%]
 
Processing times
Average gross days to determination 275   217   27.1% 202  
Median processing days to determination 254   166   53.0% 177  

*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 263 388 2,433
Alterations to a building, structure or dwelling 325 410 2,831
Extension to an existing dwelling or structure associated with a dwelling 310 472 2,957
Extension to an existing building or structure (other than a dwelling) 58 92 590
One of more new buildings 298 447 2,872
Single dwelling 312 454 2,579
Multi-dwelling 378 552 3,285
Other buildings and works (including septic tanks, dams, earthworks) 144 233 1,359
Demolition 99 137 824
Native vegetation removal 60 94 548
Other vegetation removal 105 171 1,114
Consolidation 0 0 11
Subdivision of land 354 507 3,431
Subdvision of buildings 37 68 477
Subdivision - Change to easement and/or restrictions 36 52 317
Subdivision - Removal of covenant 6 15 66
Subdivision - Realignment of boundary 17 34 168
Liquor license 46 68 316
Waiving of parking requirement 54 89 462
Signage 107 128 905
Telecommunications facility 5 5 37
Other 0 0 0
 

The net number of additional dwellings approved is 1,847


The net number of lots created from subdivision approval is 2,748



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 1 3 34
Food and drink premises 15 20 111
Industry and warehouse 37 61 382
Leisure and recreation 9 24 123
Office 14 23 117
Place of assembly 15 11 81
Residential / Accommodation 267 432 2,446
Retail premises 12 15 102
Vacant 3 7 33
Child care 8 5 49
Education centre 4 6 28
Mineral extraction 0 2 12
Pleasure boat facility 0 0 2
Transport terminal 1 1 2
Utility installation 1 1 17
Mixed use 33 41 223
Other 0 0 0