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VicSmart is a fast-track planning process introduced by the State Government to allow local councils to consider and decide on minor planning applications in a faster way.

With the introduction of VicSmart two permit processes now apply in Victoria – the VicSmart planning permit process and the regular permit process.

Features of the VicSmart permit process include:

  • Applications are exempt from advertising
  • Applications are decided within 10 business days
  • Information that the Council is allowed to consider when granting or denying an application is now preset
  • The processing of applications has been simplified

VicSmart provides more certainty to applicants about the decision-making process and the level of assessment required for each application.

What applications are eligible for VicSmart?

VicSmart applications don’t require notice or referral (other than a Special Building Overlay application). If your application does not fall into any of the categories listed, it will be processed under the regular permit process:

The following minor application types are VicSmart applications:

  • Realign a boundary between two lots
  • Subdivide land into lots each containing an existing building or car parking space
  • Subdivide land with an approved development into two lots
  • Construct a building or works in a commercial or industrial zone (with an estimated cost of up to $50,000)
  • Construct a front fence in an overlay
  • Remove, destroy or lop one tree
  • Minor subdivision, minor buildings and works, painting or tree lopping in a Heritage Overlay
  • Minor subdivision or buildings and works in a Special Building Overlay
  • Display a sign in a commercial or industrial zone
  • Reduce a car parking requirement
  • Reduce or waive the loading and unloading requirements

Each of these VicSmart categories has criteria that must be met in order to be considered VicSmart applications.

Visit the VicSmart website for more information about whether your application qualifies for VicSmart.

If your application needs to be referred to a ‘referral authority’, you must obtain consent from the referral authority before submitting your application.

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