2. Submit a planning permit application

Planning goes digital

After you have attended your pre-application meeting with a Council planning officer and understand what documentation is required for your application, you can submit your planning permit application.

How to submit a planning permit application


  1. Register with Council Online Services. If you have booked a pre-application meeting with Council online, you are already registered. As a registered user, you don't need to re-enter your personal information and can keep track of requests and applications on any device.
  2. Submit a planning permit application. You need to sign in to Council Online Services to apply.
  3. Select your application type from the list 'Planning permit applications'.
  4. As part of the online application process, you upload digital files and pay the planning fee by Visa or MasterCard.

When Council receives your application, you receive an automated email confirmation that your application has been received.

The application is allocated an application number and given to a Council planning officer who begins the assessment process. You are notified of the application number, planning officer's name and contact details.

Submit a planning permit application

Mail or in person

You can download the Application for Planning Permit form (PDF 1Mb) and submit with all the required documentation and applicable planning fees.

You can submit your application by post to Locked Bag 10, Merri-bek 3058 or in person to Moreland Civic Centre

Council Planning team operates digitally and does not work with hard copy documents. When Council receives a hard copy planning application, Council must first scan all documents and plans. The application is then allocated an application number and given to a Council planning officer.

If an email address is provided, you will receive notification of the application number and officer's contact details by email. Otherwise, notification is sent by post.

What to include with your planning permit application

You need to include the following with your planning permit application.

Some applications may require additional information. A Council planning officer will let you know if more information is needed.


You need to provide a copy of plans for your proposed development with your application.

The plans must have dimensions, be drawn to scale and show the details of all buildings or other structures proposed.

Title details

You need to provide a current copy of the Certificate of Title for your property (less than 3 months old).

You can get a current copy of the Certificate of Title for your property by searching the title register on the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure website.

The Certificate of Title should include full information of any covenants or restrictions on the title and a plan or diagram showing the lot layout and dimensions.

You also need to include the Register Search Statement from your search.

Other information

  • Details of the applicant and the land owner
  • Application details, such as the current land use, the proposed land use and estimated cost, and
  • Whether a pre-application meeting has taken place (if applicable).

Planning permit application checklists

Council has developed checklists to help you ensure you have included all the required information with your planning permit application.

Download planning permit application checklists from the planning forms and checklists page. 

Checklists are available for many different applications, including advertising signs, waiver of carparking, use of land, one dwelling on a lot, two dwellings on a lot, and accessiblity and disabled access.

Council is trialling the Design Excellence Scorecard for medium to high density developments. Participation in the Scorecard is voluntary, and participants may nominate themselves or may be encouraged to participate by a Planning Officer.

Good design advice for planning

The Good Design Advice Sheets provide guidance on ways to improve the quality of medium density development in Merri-bek. 

If you need further advice about what information is required you can contact Council or visit Merri-bek Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg to speak to a Council planning officer.

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