You should obtain advice from either a council planner or a planning professional before taking any action which may be affected by a planning scheme requirement.
For general information about the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning please contact:
Victorian Government Contact Centre
Phone: 1300 366 356
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The planning scheme map may show that a piece of land has an overlay as well as a zone affecting it. Not all land has an overlay. Some land may be affected by more than one overlay. If an overlay applies, the land will have some special feature such as a heritage building, significant vegetation or flood risk. The Heritage Overlay, for example, applies to heritage places of natural or cultural significance and describes the requirements that apply.
The overlay information will indicate if a planning permit is required for the construction of a building or other changes to the land. For example, if a Heritage Overlay applies, a planning permit is required to demolish an existing building. The Heritage Overlay requires council to consider, before it grants the permit, whether the demolition of the building will lessen the significance of the heritage place. An overlay may specify information which must be submitted with an application for a planning permit.
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The planning scheme zones land for particular uses, for example, residential, industrial, business or other. The zones are listed in the planning scheme and each zone has a purpose and set of requirements. This information describes if a planning permit is required, and the matters that the council must consider before deciding to grant a permit. A zone may also specify information that must be submitted with a planning permit application. The zone also contains information relating to land uses, subdivision of land, construction of new buildings and other changes to the land.
A zone sets out land use controls in three sections:
Section 1: Land uses that do not require a planning permit.
Section 2: Land uses that require a planning permit.
Section 3: Prohibited uses. Some uses are not allowed on land in a zone because they may conflict with other uses; for example, industry is prohibited in the General Residential Zone.