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Extending a Planning Permit

Planning permits usually include conditions. The last condition on most planning permits tells you when you have to start and finish your development.

You can submit a request to Council to extend the expiry date on your planning permit.

When you can apply for an extension of time

The application for an extension of time on a planning permit must be made in writing:

  • before the permit expires, or
  • within 6 months after the permit expires, or
  • within 12 months after the permit expires, if the development lawfully commenced before the expiry date and you wish to extend the time to complete the development.
  • If you submit your request outside these times, Council and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) cannot extend the permit. A new application for a planning permit must be submitted.

    How to apply for an extension of time

    What you need

    A completed application form that prompts you to identify the following information

  • The length of time you require.
  • An explanation of the reasons why you need the extra time.
  • Evidence that the development lawfully commenced before the expiry date (if the development has started and the request is made within 12 months of the expiry date). Council officers check that all relevant planning permit conditions were satisfied prior to the works starting.
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