WHAT YOU CAN APPLY FORYou can apply under section 81(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to review a decision by a responsible authority to refuse or fail to extend the time of a permit.

The Tribunal can only consider an application to extend the time on a permit if the responsible authority has refused to extend the time or failed to make a decision to extend the time.  The application to the responsible authority must be made within the time specified in the permit or section 69 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

WHAT DO YOU WANT VCAT TO DO?
WHO IS MAKING THIS APPLICATION?
IS SOMEONE REPRESENTING YOU?
ABOUT THE PERMIT TO BE EXTENDED
HEARING ARRANGEMENTS
PRESENTING YOUR CASE

24. 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 witnesses you will call.

HEARING ASSISTANCE
EXTENSION OF TIME
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 permit to be extended
  • Copy of the current endorsed plans, if relevant
  • Copy of the responsible authority’s decision to refuse to extend the permit, if relevant
  • Copy of the VCAT decision relating to the permit or amended permit, if relevant.


    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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