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Planning and Building Services
Our building and planning teams provide assistance and advice about construction and land use in the Colac Otway Shire. If you are building or changing the way you use your land you may need a Building Permit and/or a Planning Permit. Whilst in most cases a Building Permit is required for proposed buildings and works, a Planning Permit is often also required.

When considering carrying out building work on your property or changing the use of a building you should always check the need for both a Planning and Building Permit.
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Planning Permits

Planning Permits relate to the use and development of the land.

Council's Planning Department is responsible for land use and development under the Planning and Environment Act through the provisions of the Colac Otway Planning Scheme and for administering subdivision in accordance with the Subdivision Act 1988.  Planning Permits can only be issued by Council, VCAT or the Minister for Planning.  You may require a Planning Permit for a house, business, building works or a fence.

Council is also responsible for amending the Planning Scheme, including rezoning, although all decisions are subject to final approval by the Minister for Planning.  Council undertakes a range of strategic planning projects to guide future use and development in the shire.

Building Permits relate to structures and are required to ensure construction complies with regulations.

Council's Building Department is responsible for ensuring the community has a safe built environment.  Separate to a Planning Permit, you may need a Building Permit for new works, extensions, alterations or change of use of existing buildings.  Building Permits can be issued by Council or a registered private building surveyor.

The Building Department also issue Demolition Consent, Siting Variations and Event Permits as well as carrying out pool/spa safety barrier audits, Essential Safety Measure inspections and enforcement of unsafe works.



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