With deep knowledge of councils across Melbourne, Change of Plan takes the stress and avoidable delay out of the planning process. We’ll help you get it right from the start – so you can get your project underway sooner. Discover why business owners, builders, developers and homeowners turn to us, time and again.

We know how councils tick

Dealing with councils can be daunting and frustrating. But not when Change of Plan is by your side.

Our experienced town planners have been working with councils across Melbourne for almost 20 years. So we know how to cut the red tape, decode the jargon – and complete the paperwork, properly.

By providing the right information from the outset, we help you avoid unnecessary costs and delays to get your permit approved faster.

We offer time and cost certainty

It’s no secret that councils can be slow and unpredictable when it comes to permit approvals. And although we can’t always control their costs and timelines, we can certainly control ours.

That’s why we promise:

  • Guaranteed turnaround times: We deliver when we say we’ll deliver. Once we tell you a timeline, we stick to it.
  • Fixed fees: We always provide fixed quotes to help you keep your budget under control.
  • A personal, seamless service: Because we’re a small team, you’ll have direct access to your town planner from beginning to end. So you’ll always know who to turn to – and where your project stands.

We’re led by Melbourne’s best

Change of Plan was founded in 2009 by Melanie Ellis – one of Melbourne’s most trusted town planning experts. She has close to 20 years’ experience in both the private and local government sectors.

A regular contributor to investor forums, Melanie has advised and supported thousands of small business owners as they expand, grow and relocate.

A strategic thinker and skilful leader, Melanie knows that the right advice early – along with a well-presented application – can dramatically improve the speed and success of any permit application.