The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is a State Government appointed panel of experts which independently reviews planning decisions made by Councils.
VCAT conducts public hearings and considers submissions made by all parties before making a decision.
An appeal to VCAT is called an ‘application for a review’ and the party making the application is called the ‘applicant for review’. The most common types of reviews lodged are by:
A person who has had a planning permit application refused. An application for review must be lodged within 60 days from when the ‘Notice of Refusal to Grant a Permit’ has been issued by Council.
A person who has had a permit approved, but disagrees with the conditions of the permit. An application for review of conditions must be lodged within 60 days from when the permit was granted by Council.
A person who has objected to a planning permit that has been approved. An application for review must be lodged within 21 days from when the ‘Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit’ was issued by Council.
A person who has lodged a planning permit application and is yet to get a decision from Council after 60 days (known as ‘Failure to Determine’).
You can search past VCAT decisions by year on the VCAT website here. Please note: the link will take you to an external database maintained by the Australasian Legal Information Institute.
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