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Did you know that a planning permit is required to display many kinds of advertising signs? Advertising sign controls are specific to the planning zones and overlays that apply to the land. The signage allowances for commercial and industrial areas are generally less restrictive than for...

I often get asked about planning scheme amendments, how the process works and what the implications are for current projects. The typical process for a significant planning scheme amendment is described below. While the process for Council driven amendments and private amendments (those facilitated by private...

There has recently been a change to the requirement for a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) that will assist with many small developments. Previously the main exemptions from requiring a CHMP related to developments of two or less dwellings, or subdivision of an existing building. but now...

** Update: The new planning fees have now been introduced and came into affect on the 13th October 2016.  More details are available here ** The State Government has been reviewing the Planning and Subdivision Fees that are payable when lodging a planning or subdivision application....

I recently attended a short course which looked at the complex area of  existing use rights.  Below I will discuss some of the learnings from the day. The basis for existing use rights came about from common law and it is based on the principle that...