Melbourne’s population is growing and over the next 20 years an estimated 15,000 new residents will call Bayside home. People’s housing needs are also changing and we need a mix of larger family homes with a range of smaller housing options to accommodate people of different life stages and circumstances.
Who can view or object to a planning permit application?
If a planning permit application is advertised, all community members have the opportunity to view it and raise any issues or concerns.
How can I view a planning permit application?
Due to changes in the Planning & Environment Amendment Act, our advertised planning applications are no longer available to view online.
If you wish to view an advertised planning application then you will need to do so in person at Bayside City Council Corporate Centre, 76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham, 3191 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
You can still make an objection to or support a planning permit online.
How do I make an objection?
It is important to clearly understand the proposal first. Call us or make an appointment if you require assistance from one of our planners.
You can write a letter clearly explaining why you object and how you would be affected.
Send it by the due date to:
The Planning Department
Bayside City Council
PO Box 27
Sandringham VIC 3191.
Are objections publicly available?
All objections are publicly available to view in our Sandringham office (currently closed due to COVID-19) or copies can be sent to the applicant on request.
What happens next?
Both the applicant and any objectors will be kept informed as the application progresses.
If you do not hear anything for a number of weeks, please rest assured that no decision has been made. It is likely that the application is at a holding stage whilst the applicant considers their options in light of objector and/or Council concerns.
What happens if objections are lodged to a planning permit application?
If objections are received the application would generally take one of the following courses:
- The applicant may attempt to make contact to see if your concerns can be alleviated through private negotiations (whether or not you engage in such discussions is entirely up to the individual parties).
- If the total number of objections does not exceed two, the application will likely progress to the decision stage. Please note that should this be the case, all objections and submissions will be taken into account prior to making this decision and will be addressed in the delegate report which describes how Council came to its decision.
- If the total number of objections is three or greater, and the applicant is willing to engage, a community consultation meeting or information session may be held in Council offices to discuss the application further.
- If the number of objections remains at three or more at the decision stage, and the planning department is of the view to support the application, the application would be decided by the Councillors at a Planning and Amenity Committee meeting. Applicants and objectors will be invited and given an opportunity to put forward their views. Learn about the process in the following video.
What happens at a planning committee meeting video transcript (DOCX, 14.97KB)
If changes are made to the application and / or your original issues have been otherwise addressed, you are able to withdraw your objection at any time using the following link:
Objection withdrawal form (PDF, 54.92KB)
Objection withdrawal form (DOC, 281.00KB)
What happens if a decision is made that I disagree with?
If a decision is made on an application that you disagree with you can appeal to VCAT for a review of Council’s decision.