You can apply for a review if:
- your permit application is refused by Council or the responsible authority
- the decision contains conditions you’re not satisfied with
- a decision hasn’t been made within the statutory timeframe
- you objected to an application and are not satisfied with the decision or conditions
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is a Victorian Government tribunal that deals with many kinds of disputes, including town planning disputes between people and local councils.
How to lodge a VCAT appeal
Applicants or objectors who disagree with Council’s decision on a planning permit application can apply to VCAT to review Council’s decision.
Information on how to apply for a review of Council’s decision is supplied along with the:
- planning permit
- notice of decision to grant a planning permit
- notice of refusal to grant a planning permit
To lodge an application for a review of a planning permit decision made by Council, visit the VCAT website.
When to lodge a VCAT appeal
Once Council gives notice of their decision, the timeframes to lodge an appeal are:
- 60 days for applicants
- 28 days for objectors
The VCAT website contains important resources for people considering appealing a Council decision. It's important to contact VCAT if you need information or clarification about their processes.
You can contact VCAT via: