Request planning information

If you want to find out if you need a planning permit, apply for a planning information request.

For a fee, Nillumbik Shire Council can provide you with a formal written response confirming whether or not you will need a planning permit. 

How to apply

Apply online

Step 1.Do your research

Make sure you are familiar with the planning permit process.

This includes checking the zones, overlays and other controls that apply to your property.

Step 2.Register for Council’s online services

If you are not already registered to use Council’s online services, please register online.

Register for online services

Registrations are generally approved within one business day. You will only need to register once. You will then have access to lodge any future applications and other Council requests online.

Step 3.Prepare your information

To apply for a planning information request you will need to provide:

  • a current copy of your Certificate of Title from Landata (searched within the last three months and including a copy of any registered covenants and/or Section 173 agreements)
  • a site plan showing existing conditions and proposed building and/or structure, including setbacks
  • a floor and elevation plan of the proposed building and/or structure – these can be hand drawn or preliminary design plans.
  • a summary of what you are proposing on the property
  • any reports you may have already obtained such as arborist reports, bushfire management statements or assessments, traffic engineering assessments etc.

Step 4.Have your credit card ready

Please note we are unable to accept Diners Club, American Express or Westpac Corporate cards.

Step 5.Submit your application

If you have already completed your registration for Council’s online services, you can apply and pay for your planning information request online.

Apply for a planning information request


There is a fee for providing this service as it requires a planner’s time to assess your documents and write a response.

View Council’s schedule of statutory planning fees.

What happens next?

After you submit your request, a Council planner will review the information and will be in touch should they require any additional information.

You can expect to receive a written response via email within 14 days.

If it is confirmed that you need a planning permit, you can proceed to request a pre-application meeting or prepare your application.