Planning and development
Recommended resources for:
- planning laws and planning permits for land use and development
- owner-builders’ responsibilities
- building permits for houses
- taking a dispute to VCAT.
Planning - zoning, planning permits and environment
An overview of the state and local government policies and regulations that control land use and development to protect land in Victoria.
Information about the required building permits for building projects in Victoria, including for construction, renovations and some repairs.
Building plans and permits for houses
An overview of the planning laws in Victoria when building new homes, extensions, renovations and repairs.
Building and renovating disputes
A factsheet on what to do if you have a dispute over building or renovating in Victoria
Owner builders checklist
This checklist covers things you must do if you are intending to build your own house.
VCAT - planning and environment disputes
Information about what kinds of planning and environment cases VCAT can hear. Includes information about VCAT review of local council refusal of planning permits, as well as applications to enforce them.
Domestic Building Legal Service (DBLS)
Justice Connect’s Domestic Building Legal Service (DBLS) provides advice and assistance to eligible home owners whose domestic building disputes were not resolved at Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria. It can assist home owners who do not have access to legal help and advice from other sources. For more information, visit the DBLS website.