Subdivision Planning Permit Application Checklist

A planning permit may be required to subdivide 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*

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
  • Feature Survey prepared by a qualified Land Surveyor
  • Proposed Plan of Subdivision prepared by a qualified Land Surveyor
  • Site Plan (confirm with council planner if required) including:
    • North point
    • Boundaries and dimensions of the site
    • Internal and adjoining roads
    • Existing and proposed easements and common property
    • All proposed infrastructure and works
    • All proposed fences including location, height and materials (if any)
    • All proposed access points including dimensions and surface materials (if any)
    • All proposed landscape areas (if any)
    • All public open space areas (required for more than 10 lots)*
  • Proposed sequencing of development (if required)

Other requirements (confirm if required with Council Statutory Planner)

  • Clause 56 assessment (ResCode)*
  • Planning Report including a response to:
    • Relevant zone
    • Relevant overlays
    • Relevant state and local planning policy
    • Relevant particular provisions
  • Bushfire Management Plan
  • Cultural Heritage Management Plan
  • Other site conditions may apply
  • Other requirements may apply i.e. VicRoads, relevant water authority, CFA
  • Any relevant correspondence from other agencies

Terms explained

Clause 56 assessment (ResCode)

In Victoria the subdivision of land must be assessed in accordance with Clause 56 of the Planning Scheme, or commonly known as ResCode, and includes:

  • objectives that must be met
  • standards that should be met
  • decision guidelines

A ResCode report is only required in urban areas and does not apply to rural land. More information about ResCode is available at the following link:
Visit the Vic Planning website for more information

Planning covers a broad range of issues, but is essentially about the control of the construction, growth and development of towns, cities and urban areas.
Visit the Vic Planning website for more information.

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 the Vic Planning scheme website for more information

Public Open Space
An area of land to provide a network of quality, well-distributed, multi-functional and cost-effective open space to the public that includes local parks, active open space, linear parks and trails and links to regional open space.

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.