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Lodge an Objection

 Important notes about objections to permit applications
  • Make sure you clearly understand what is proposed before you make an objection;
  • The Council may reject an objection which it considers has been made primarily to secure or maintain a direct or indirect commercial advantage for the objector. In this case, the application continues through the planning process as if the objection has not been made (pursuant to Section 57(2A) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987);
  • Objections are made available to any person associated with the application to inspect upon request up to a decision or review date. Copies of objections may be provided;
  • To ensure the Council considers your objection, please ensure that Council has received it by the date shown in the notice. Be mindful that all objections received prior to a decision being made (even if received after the date shown in the notice) will be taken into account, however it is strongly recommended to lodge objections as early as possible to ensure that your concerns are fully considered in the planning process.
  • All objectors will be notified of Council's decision;
  • If Council decides to grant the permit, you can appeal against the decision. Details of the appeal procedures are set out on the information sheet you will receive with the Notice of Decision. An appeal must be made on a prescribed form (obtainable from the VCAT website) and accompanied by the prescribed fee. A copy of this form must also be given to the Council.
  • If Council refuses the application, the applicant can also appeal. The provisions are set out on the information sheet provided with the Refusal of Planning Application which will be issued and forwarded to all parties.