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We know our clients sometimes feel like planners have invented another language!  To help you out we have written some definitions of some of the planning terms that you might encounter during your planning application. NOD This stands for Notice of Decision.  It is formal notice that...

The basis for existing use rights came about from common law. It is based on the principle that it would be unfair for the planning scheme to change and make someone’s use or livelihood suddenly be unlawful. Once an existing use right is...

The short answer is yes, you can apply for an extension of time to your planning permit. Every Council has a process for you to apply to extend your time on a planning permit, either to extend the time to commence or the time...

After a planning permit gets issued how long do you have to act on it?  Make sure you know, as if you forget to watch your time limit you could end up with an expired permit and have to go through the process all over again! There...

Is your property adjacent to a Transport Zone? Not sure what that means? Read on for information on how it might affect you. When looking at a Planning Certificate or Zoning Map of your property, you might see that the land is adjacent to a different...

Tree removal in urban properties may be needed for a number of reasons: To make way for an addition or a new dwelling To make space in the yard To remove a problem tree or to maintain tree health Before picking up that chainsaw it is a good idea...

As you embark on your new business project it is important to know that it is not just the change of use or building works that may require a planning permit. The business signage you put up on and around the building may also need...

Several people have asked me about lodging an application with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) recently so I thought I would provide some information on it from the perspective of the planning applicant. Three common types of applications are: Review a Council RefusalReview conditions placed...

Are you feeling a little cramped at home and looking to utilise some space from your backyard? Before deciding whether to build a unit, granny flat or studio on your land it is important to understand what each of these are and what can best...