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The Planning Process

What is 'planning'? Planning refers to the decisions that change the environment and affect everyday life. These decisions might be about new public transport, the size of a new shopping centre, the location of parks, a bike path or a new road. These planning decisions may influence how we get to work, where we shop and what we do in our spare time.

The council makes most of the planning decisions that affect its municipality. For example, it decides whether or not to grant a planning permit for a new use or development, and what permit conditions are appropriate. The council’s planning department provides information and advice about the planning scheme, and processes and coordinates planning proposals for council’s consideration.

What is a planning permit?. A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission for a use or development on a particular piece of land.

To obtain a permit, an application must be made to the council. If the council agrees with the proposal, it will grant a planning permit.