Simplifying the Process: How to Apply for a VicSmart Planning Permit

Navigating the planning permit process can be daunting, but for those looking to expedite the process, VicSmart offers a streamlined alternative. AS Planning will guide you through the steps of applying for a VicSmart planning permit, highlighting the value of engaging a planning consultant in this efficient approach.

What are VicSmart Planning Permits?

VicSmart is a planning permit process in the state of Victoria. It is designed for straightforward and low-impact planning permit applications. It’s particularly useful for minor developments such as renovations, small extensions, or change of land use, making it an ideal choice for homeowners and small businesses. 

Not all straightforward applications are eligible for the VicSmart process, but rather must meet certain criteria as set out in the Victorian Planning Provisions. Talk to us today to find out if your project is eligible. 

So why do I need a Planning Consultant when using VicSmart?

Engaging a planning consultant can significantly simplify the VicSmart application process. Planning consultants are experts in navigating the intricacies of planning regulations and can ensure your application is complete and compliant with VicSmart requirements. 

Steps to Apply for a VicSmart Planning Permit:

1. Determine Eligibility:

First, assess whether your project qualifies for VicSmart. This typically involves projects with minimal environmental or community impact. Your local Council or a Planning Consultant such as AS Planning can assist with determining eligibility.

2. Pre-Application Consultation:

Consider consulting a planning consultant like AS Planning at this stage to discuss your project’s specifics and receive expert planning advice on the application process.

3. Complete the Application Form:

Gather all necessary documents and information, which can include plans, reports, a copy of title and the completed VicSmart application form available on the VicSmart website.

4. Lodge the Application:

Submit your application, along with the required fee, to your local Council. Remember that a well-prepared application, guided by a planning consultant, can lead to a faster approval.

5. Council Assessment:

Council will assess your application, typically within 10 business days. During this time, they may request additional information or modifications. A  planning consultant can help you respond to Council. 

6. Decision:

Once Council is satisfied with your application, they will issue a decision, which may include conditions or requirements.

7. Appeals:

If you disagree with Council’s decision, you have the right to appeal through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). A planning consultant can also assist with this process.

What are the benefits of applying for a VicSmart Planning Permit with a Planning Consultant?


Planning consultants can expedite the application process, reducing wait times for approvals.


Their knowledge ensures compliance with local policies and regulations, minimising the risk of delays or refusals from Council.

Peace of Mind:

With a planning consultant by your side, you can navigate the process with confidence, knowing you have expert guidance.

Applying for a VicSmart planning permit in Victoria doesn’t have to be a complex ordeal. 

By following the outlined steps and enlisting the assistance of a planning consultant, you can simplify the process and increase your chances of a smooth and speedy approval. Whether you’re a homeowner planning renovations or a business owner seeking a change of land use, VicSmart can be your friend when it comes to achieving your goals efficiently.

Contact us for assistance with your VicSmart Planning Permit application.

For detailed information and resources, visit the official VicSmart website.