The Planning Scheme and Planning & Environment Act 1987 give Council officers the power to investigate and prosecute matters, and Council is required by law to enforce a Planning Scheme.
Enforcement action will be taken when there is a clear breach of the Planning regulations, planning permit conditions, unauthorised developments and illegal uses.
Council prefers to negotiate with alleged offenders to gain compliance rather than seeking prosecution, however if negotiation fails a number of options are available to the Responsible Authority.
Make a complaint
If you believe someone is not complying with current planning laws, you can make a complaint.
- Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal - VCAT hears and determines Planning and Environmental disputes.
- The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria - The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) is a free dispute resolution service funded by the Victorian Government. The DSCV provides mediation services, as well as training and accrediting mediators to national standards. DSCV can help you resolve common neighbourhood disputes involving fences, trees, animals, noise and drainage.
- Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents - This website contains information on Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents.