Enquire about leasing or licensing Council land

Nillumbik Shire Council is responsible for a portfolio of properties, most of which are occupied and utilised by the community, or by organisations that provide a service to our community.

In addition to land and buildings which are owned by Council, we also manage a number of Crown Land Reserves as the appointed Committee of Management under the Crown Land Reserves Act 1978.

There are various types of occupancy on Council and Crown land. In almost every circumstance, an agreement with Council is required to legitimately enable the occupation.

The main types of occupancy agreements are Leases and Licenses, along with some permits.

View the current Public Lease Register(PDF, 279KB).

The leasing and licensing process

After we receive your application, an internal review is undertaken, which can take up to 28 days. During this time, we will contact you about the application’s progress or to seek further clarification on your application, if required.


When we review lease or licence applications, we consider:

  • Local Government Act 2020 Section 115 - Lease of land
  • Planning requirements
  • Commercial and community outcomes
  • Strategic planning - future use
  • Environmental impacts
  • Any other matters in relation to the land

How to apply

Apply online

Step 1.Determine the address of the land

Step 2.Check the Local Government Area

Make sure the land is located in Nillumbik.

Step 3.Find zones and overlays

To complete this application, you will need to know:

  • the current zoning of the property under the planning scheme
  • if any overlays affect the land

The above information can be obtained by conducting a property and parcel search at land.vic.gov.au 

Step 4.Complete the online form

Apply to lease or license Council land


The cost to lease or licence Council land will vary.

Should your application progress through to the final stage, a member of the Property and Facilities team will contact you to discuss leasing costs.

What happens next?

First stage review

After your application is received, an internal assessment will be undertaken to determine if the land is available.

This stage can take 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the level of detail supplied in the application.

A member of the Property and Facilities team will contact you to let you know if the land is available.

Second stage review

If the land is available, the next stage may involve obtaining clearances and approvals from government agencies and/or utility authorities.

A lease or licensing agreement will be drawn up and agreed to by all parties.

This stage can take up to 20 weeks.