If you would like to make any major changes to your planning permit, you may need to apply for a Section 72 amendment.
When you can apply for a Section 72 amendment
Major changes include:
- changing your permit preamble (which describes what the permit allows)
- changing the permit conditions
- making significant changes to endorsed plans
- changes that cause material detriment to adjoining or nearby properties
Common Section 72 amendments include:
- addition of a front fence
- addition of a second storey
- any major changes to business operational hours or patron numbers
- alterations to dwellings which have potential amenity impacts to adjoining properties
The decision-making process and appeal rights for a Section 72 amendment generally follow the same process as a new planning permit application.
Amending a VicSmart permit
If your original planning permit was issued as a VicSmart permit (your permit number will include a 'VS'), you will need to request an amendment to a VicSmart permit.
How to apply
What happens next?
After your request for a Section 72 amendment has been submitted and the fee paid, a member of the Planning Services team will assess the request.
We may contact you if there is information missing from your application.
A Section 72 amendment follows the same assessment process as an application for a new planning permit. It has the same requirements for advertising and referral. However, the assessment for the application focuses only on the amendment itself and avoids reopening any issues associated with the approved use or development.
After our assessment, we will provide a written response explaining the outcome of your application. If your application is approved, we will also send you the endorsed plans.
You can only proceed with your proposed changes once we have assessed and approved your application.