Mornington Peninsula Planning


The Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme sets out policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land in the Mornington Peninsula. Each municipality in Victoria is covered by a planning scheme. These are legal documents prepared by the local council or the Minister for Planning and are approved by the minister.

The Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme (MPPS) was introduced in May 1999, replacing the former Mornington, Hastings and Flinders planning schemes. The new scheme is based on the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPPs). The strategic justification for the MPPS is set out in the State Planning Policy Framework and the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS). Council is required to review the MSS every four years.

View the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Online.

2.Amendments to the Scheme

From time to time, changes to the scheme are proposed to either reflect new circumstances or improve the scheme. The Minister for Planning, the council or an applicant can instigate an amendment.

What changes to the Planning Scheme are likely to be supported?

Council is only likely to support an amendment request where it can be demonstrated that the proposed change will either address an anomaly or will better support the Shire’s strategic planning objectives, as expressed in the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS).

It is not sufficient to argue that a change will produce a benefit to an individual landowner, or will not have any immediate impact. For example, subdividing a single lot in a rural area is unlikely to have an immediate impact, but if applied to all land would completely change the character of the Peninsula.

Please see the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for information about Changing the Planning Scheme The process for an amendment to the scheme is outlined in the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Current Amendment proposals, including the status of their processing, can be viewed together with all other past Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Amendments at Amendments Online

3.Requesting an Amendment

This fact file is for people who have decided to formally request an amendment to the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.

Download Requesting an Amendment Fact File(PDF, 58KB)

4.Information on Zones and Overlays

For legal reasons, information about what zones and overlays apply to land under the Planning Scheme cannot be provided over the phone. The best way to get this information is to view the Mornington Peninsula Planning SchemePlanning Maps Online or apply for a Planning Certificate.

All applications for Mornington Peninsula Shire planning certificates must now be lodged with LANDATA the current planning certificate supplier on behalf of the Minister for Planning.

Visit the LANDATA website

5.Further information

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) provides further information about Planning Schemes:

To learn how to understand the planning scheme, consult A Guide to the Planning System.

All historical planning scheme information can be viewed free of charge online at Planning Scheme Histories.

7.Contact Details

To speak with an Officer from Strategic Planning at the Mornington Peninsula Shire please call Strategic Administration on: 5950 1928 or email