When lodging an application, most zones, overlays and local policies specify application requirements. When you lodge your application with council, you must submit:
- a completed application form
- the correct application fee
- a recent copy of your Land Title including details of any covenants, Section 173 Agreement or encumbrances noted on the title
- a written summary of works you plan to undertake
- an assessment of the proposal against the relevant sections of the Campaspe Planning Scheme
- a copy of any site plan
- three copies of any floor plan
- three copies of any elevations
- any photographs of the site.
Any plan submitted must be fully dimensioned and a schedule of materials and finishes should be provided.
It is important that you provide all the necessary information so we can assess your application efficiently.
Do your homework
- Research any planning policies or guidelines that may apply to your proposed project.
- If it’s a large, complex project, consider hiring a professional to help with design, sustainability and planning issues.
Undertake a site analysis
- Take photographs of the site and surrounding area, including neighbouring properties.
- Consider sustainability opportunities and constraints.
- Talk to adjoining property owners to find out what they value about their property and why.
- In some cases, you may need to hire a surveyor to record the exact dimensions, slope and conditions of the site and the surrounding area.
- Prepare a site description to illustrate the characteristics of the site and surrounding area.
- Review the provisions and requirements specified in the scheme.
- We strongly recommend you take advantage of the pre-application advice council’s planners can provide for you, particularly for larger proposed projects and developments. For simple proposals or alterations and additions, you can pop in to our office and have a brief discussion with one of our planners.
- If you have any concerns, areas of the planning process that you don’t understand or just want to know you’re on the right track, our planners can help. They’ll also tell you about any relevant council policies you may need to consider when preparing your application.
Talk to your neighbours
- Talking to your neighbours before finalising your plans is a very good idea. If they’re unhappy with an aspect of your plans, it will be easier to reach a compromise before lodging a planning application.
- Being open about your plans from the start can reduce the likelihood of a dispute with a neighbour down the track. If the neighbours don’t object, council will probably process your application faster.
Review and finalise your plans
- Once you have advice from council and your neighbours, take that into consideration when reviewing your plans. Include any of their recommendations that you think are reasonable.
- Finalise your plans and any written material, including your neighbourhood and site description and design response.
Lodge your application
- Refer to our checklist to ensure you have completed all the required information and then lodge your planning application with council.