Planning Scheme Amendments

What is a planning scheme?

A planning scheme is a statutory document which sets out how land can be used and developed.  It includes policies, zones, overlays and other provisions. 

Planning Schemes in Victoria all have the same structure and include:

  • maps which show the zones and overlays that affect the land
  • an ordinance which sets outs the written requirements
  • incorporated documents.

Each municipality has its own planning scheme and the local policies distinguish one planning scheme from another.

See the Hume Planning Scheme

What is a planning scheme amendment?

A planning scheme amendment makes changes to the planning scheme. An amendment may be required to implement a new strategy or plan, to update local policies, rezone land, or apply a land overlay. 

Before an amendment can be prepared, the proposal must be authorised by the Minister for Planning.

For more information about the Planning Scheme Amendment process visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

How much does it cost for a planning scheme amendment?

Fees are set by the State Government and levied at different stages of the amendment process.