Heritage Overlay Planning Permit Application Checklist

A planning permit may or may not be required for the use and development of land. Before you start, the following information should be confirmed with a Council Planner:

  • If a planning permit* is required
  • If other planning controls or conditions apply
  • If an application can be made under VicSmart*

If a planning permit is required, a planning permit application must be lodged with Council for assessment and accompanied with the following information:

Forms, fees and documents

  • Completed Planning Permit Application form
  • Paid Planning Permit Application fee
  • Copy of title dated not more than 60 days old including:
    • Plan of Subdivision or Title Plan
    • Restrictive Covenants (if any)
    • Section 173 Agreements (if any)


  • Three copies of plans including (but not limited to):
    • Drawn to scale
    • One A3 size copy
  • Site Plan including:
    • North point
    • Boundaries and dimensions of the site
    • Adjoining roads
    • Relevant ground levels including earthworks (cut and fill)
    • Existing or proposed easements and services
    • Location, layout and setbacks of existing and proposed buildings or works including details of materials, fences and trees
    • Location and use of buildings and works on adjoining land
    • Size and design of any proposed sign, including details of the supporting structure and any proposed illumination
    • All existing and proposed fences including location, height and materials
  • Floor Plan including:
    • North point
    • Existing and proposed building layout including dimensions and floor areas
  • Elevation Plan including:
    • Maximum height of buildings and works from natural ground level
    • Doors and windows
    • Existing and proposed colour schedule and nature of any materials and finishes


  • Written response including (but not limited to):
    • If the land or building is included on the Victorian Heritage Register
    • How heritage values have been considered to any relevant local heritage policy set out in the scheme
    • How heritage values are protected and/or incorporated into the new development, including details of building materials and artefacts recovered from the site
    • If lopping of a tree is proposed, the reason for the lopping, the extent of lopping and an arborist report
    • A photograph of the area affected by the proposal including any building, outbuilding, fence, or tree which may be affected by the proposal
    • A photograph of the subject site and adjoining properties along the street frontage
    • If subdivision is proposed, see Subdivision checklist
    • If a sign is proposed, see Sign checklist

Other requirements (confirm if required with Council Statutory Planner)

  • Planning Report including a response to:
    • Relevant zone
    • Relevant overlays
    • Relevant state and local planning policy
    • Relevant particular provisions
  • Feature Survey prepared by a qualified Land Surveyor
  • Car parking Demand Assessment and Traffic Impact Assessment by a qualified Traffic Engineer
  • Bushfire Management Plan
  • Cultural Heritage Management Plan
  • Waste water treatment details
  • Other site conditions may apply
  • Other requirements may apply i.e. VicRoads, relevant water authority, CFA
  • Any relevant correspondence from other agencies

Terms explained

Planning Permit
A planning permit is a legal document that allows a certain use and/or development on land. A planning permit is not a building permit. You may need to obtain both a building permit and a planning permit.
visit the Vic Planning website for more information

Planning Scheme
Under Victoria's planning system, local councils and the State Government develop planning schemes to control land use and development. They contain planning policies, zones, overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.
Visit Planning Scheme website for more information

VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications. 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.

Visit the Vic Planning website for more information


Planning permit applications may be lodged by:

  • post:
    Statutory Planning                                
    Latrobe City Council                             
    PO Box 264                                         
    MORWELL VIC 3844                           
  • in person:
    Latrobe City Corporate Headquarters
    141 Commercial Road, Morwell


This checklist is a trial undergoing review by May 2018. Feedback on the checklist to Council is welcome. The checklist has been prepared to assist with the satisfactory information required to be submitted with a planning application. An initial assessment will be undertaken upon receipt of the application to ensure that the information is satisfactory in accordance with the Planning Scheme and Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Victoria). Please note that additional information may be required after the completion of the initial assessment. This publication may be of assistance to you but the State of Victoria and Local government authorities (Latrobe City, Baw Baw Shire, Wellington Shire) and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication.