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Electronic Processing of Planning Applications

The Planning Services Unit now processes all planning applications and associated application types electronically.

This change will reduce the time it takes to process planning applications, improve customer experience and reduce our environmental impact.

The preferred method for lodging planning documentation is electronically by emailing

As an alternate, applications and correspondence can be provided on a CD or USB flash drive.

If you are lodging your application in hard copy, only one set of documents are now required (previously 3 copies of plans were required) as the decision and any associated endorsed plans will be issued electronically and emailed to the applicant.

Communication via email

Email is now our preferred method of communication so please ensure that the email address provided on your application form is a regularly monitored account.

When emailing planning correspondence, it is best to email to ensure your correspondence is recorded in Council’s system prior to being forwarded to the relevant officer.

You can let the planning officer know that you have submitted the information by copying them into the email.

In your email subject, include the planning application number and site address as well as a brief description of what the correspondence is.


  • P17/0123 – 2 Queen Street – Response to further information request
  • New Planning Application – 2 Queen Street Mornington

If you have any questions about the electronic processing of your application, you can liaise directly with your planning officer or contact the Planning Support team on (03) 5950 1010.


Reformed Residential Zones - March 2017

The government has completed a review of the residential zones that were introduced into Victorian planning schemes in 2014 – the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, the General Residential Zone, and the Residential Growth Zone. 

Reformed residential zones were introduced to the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by Amendment VC110 on 27 March 2017. 

The reformed residential zones

 The key reforms:

  • Allow councils to define neighbourhood character and design objectives to be achieved.
  • Strengthen building height controls in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and the General Residential Zone.
  • Introduce a new mandatory requirement for a minimum garden area to be provided in residential developments in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and General Residential Zone.
  • Remove the limit on the number of dwellings that can be built on land in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.
Further Information

For further information on the reformed residential zones,  the following links can be viewed on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website:

Fact Sheet - General Information on the Reformed Residential Zones

Reformed Residential Zones


Extension of VicSmart

In March 2017, the government implemented an extension to VicSmart through Amendment VC135.

Extensions include:

  • Building and works up to $1 million in industrial areas
  • Building and works up to $500,000 in commercial and some special purpose areas
  • A range of low impact developments in rural areas (up to $500,000 in agricultural settings and $250,000 in more sensitive rural settings)
  • Small scale types of buildings and works in selected overlays
  • Subdivision, advertising signs and car parking.

These changes have now been incorporated into planning schemes.

Refer to the following link for a detailed outline of the VicSmart provisions:

Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme - Clause 92, State VicSmart Applications

The government also announced in March that a further VicSmart extension into the residential zones will occur, including:

  • a single storey extension to a single dwelling where specific design criteria are met
  • buildings and works up to $100,000 in residential zones, where not associated with a dwelling.

The above changes will also be incorporated into planning schemes and take effect in coming months.