Planning & building
Victoria’s planning and building systems should promote safe, healthy, and vibrant communities for all Victorians. Councils have a vital role in this. Councils are responsible for developing local planning policy, assessing the vast majority of planning permit applications, and have key responsibilities in enforcing both the planning and building systems.
We are involved in capacity-building reform projects, and we represent councils in numerous State-led reviews and reforms in the planning and building spaces.
Our advocacy priorities in planning and building include:
- The need for planning and building systems to contribute to climate change mitigation as well as promote resilience and adaptation
- Ensuring an effective Victorian planning system, which has local decision making at the center.
- Reform of Victoria’s building regulatory system to ensure Victorian families are protected from defective building work.
- Working with councils, the Victorian Government, and non-government stakeholders to meet Victoria’s current and future housing needs.
We also host the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment.
Submissions and briefs
On behalf of the local government sector, we prepare submissions on a range of planning and building related topics.
Our public submissions are available on the MAV submissions page.
- Local Government’s role in heritage protection – An introduction for councillors (PDF - 861KB) – Developed with the Heritage Council of Victoria, this guide seeks to help councillors understand the importance of local heritage protection and their obligations under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
- Local government's role in building control - An introduction for councillors (PDF - 1.14MB) - Developed with the Victorian Building Authority and Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group, this guide seeks to help councillors understand the important role of building control and the Municipal Building Surveyor within councils.
- A members brief on current planning reforms is available on our member’s site.
- You can access planning and building-related presentations from past events on our Members Only past event presentations page.
Engage with us
Manager - Built and Natural Environment
Senior Adviser Planning and Environment
Senior Policy Adviser - Built and Natural Environment
Port Phillip Bay coastal planning project
A need was identified for better, more tailored, land use planning guidance for councils to manage the risk from coastal hazards.