WHAT YOU CAN APPLY FORYou can apply to have VCAT review a decision by a responsible authority (usually a council) to grant a planning permit or an amended permit.

You can apply for a VCAT review if you lodged an objection with the responsible authority opposing the permit application (section 82 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987).

If you were not an objector during the responsible authority’s permit application process, use this form so VCAT can decide whether to accept your review application. We will schedule a practice day hearing to determine whether to grant you permission to apply for the review (section 82B of the Planning and Environment Act 1987).

You can also apply if you are from a referral authority affected by the decision to grant a planning permit or amended permit (section 82AAA of the Planning and Environment Act 1987).

You must apply for a review within 28 days of the date of the Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit or a Notice of Decision to Grant an Amended Permit.


 

DECISION TO BE REVIEWED
WHO IS MAKING THIS APPLICATION?
IS SOMEONE REPRESENTING YOU?

If you nominate a representative, we will send all our correspondences to your representative’s address instead of your address. It must be an address in Victoria.

ABOUT THE PERMIT APPLICATION
REASONS FOR THE APPLICATION
HEARING ARRANGEMENTS
PRESENTING YOUR CASE

We will schedule a compulsory conference for your application. All parties must attend.
If parties do not settle the dispute at the compulsory conference, we will schedule a final hearing.


21. How much time will you need to present your entire case at a final hearing? *
Estimate the time you need to present, including time needed by any expert or other witnesses you will arrange.

HEARING ASSISTANCE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
ABOUT VCAT FEES

VCAT fees are charged according to three levels:

  • corporate fees for businesses and companies with a turnover of more than $200,000 in the previous financial year, corporate entities and government agencies.
  • standard fees for individuals, not-for-profit organisations, and small businesses and companies with a turnover of less than $200,000 in the previous financial year. Companies must provide a statutory declaration to support this claim.
  • concession fees for people who hold the Australian Government Health Care Card. You must provide a copy of your card with your application. We do not accept Pensioner Concession Cards or Department of Veteran Affairs health cards.

    Health Care Card Sample

    To find out if you need to pay an application fee and how much it costs, go to www.vcat.vic.gov.au/fees.

  • FEE RELIEF
    WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

    If you have provided your email address, you will shortly receive an email from us with instructions about next steps including how to make payment (if applicable). If you have not provided an email address and payment is required, VCAT will contact you by telephone about making payment.

    After we receive your application and open a VCAT case, we will send you and all other parties an order setting out what happens next, including dates to come to VCAT. The order will tell you the venue, time and date you must go to VCAT.

    The order will also have your VCAT reference number. The number starts with ‘P’ and ends with the year the application was lodged (eg. P1/2020). Quote the reference number in all correspondence and documents about your case.

    Contact us if you do not hear from us within two weeks of submitting your application.

    ATTACH THESE DOCUMENTS TO YOUR APPLICATION

    You must attach the following:

  • Copy of the decision to be reviewed
  • Copy of your written objection to the responsible authority
  • Copy of written objections by joint applicants (if applicable)
  • Document showing authority to represent joint applicants (if applicable)


    In addition to the above, please attach any other documents in support of your application.

    Keep a copy of these documents for your records.
  • Need Help?

    If you have any questions about completing this form, contact our Customer Service team: 

    • Email admin@vcat.vic.gov.au 

    • Call 1300 01 8228 (1300 01 VCAT) between 9 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday  

    • Go to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ground Floor, 55 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. 

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