Planning Applications - Privacy and Information


Council makes planning applications available for public viewing via its website, email and in person at Council offices in accordance with Section 51 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. As part of our process, applications are made available for public viewing and will display the names, addresses and contact details of the owner, applicant, applicant’s representative and the author of any plans and / or technical reports accompanying the application. Applications may be referred to authorities (such as VicRoads, Melbourne Water etc) for comment and advice to assist in the assessment of your application. However, in accordance Section 197 of the Planning and Environment Act an applicant is entitled to have their information held private from public viewing via any electronic means (website and email).

To proceed with lodging your application on-line, you are required to give consent to Council displaying the application on its website, and circulating the application electronically to a third party only for the purposes of considering the planning application, including all personal information and identification contained within the documentation submitted to Council from time to time in relation to this application. If you do not agree, or if you do not have the consent of all parties who have contributed to your application (eg; building designer, traffic consultant) for their identification and contact details to be made available for public viewing for the purposes of the town planning process, you will not be able to use this portal. Where consent is not provided, you will need to submit your application with all personal identification redacted from the application via alternative means. Please refer to the below.

Lodgement of Redacted Information

Where you do not agree to the release of personal information associated with your application being made available for viewing via Council’s website, email or other electronic media, you will need to provide the following to Council:

  • Application documentation that redacts all personal information
  • Two (2) copies of the Planning Application Form and Title are to be provided at lodgement – one with the information redacted for public circulation, the other for Council’s records for lodgement
  • All further information responses and correspondence with Council throughout the application with personal information redacted

A redacted application will need to be lodged in person at Council’s reception or via Please note that should you choose to redact personal information from the application documentation, you agree to accept full responsibility for any personal information that may be published or circulated electronically that you have failed to remove from the application documentation both at the time of lodgement and at any time through the application process. This includes any email correspondence that you engage in with Council officers during the application process.

Please be advised that there are exemptions to this legislation where Council must still provide your personal information upon request, to any person as required under Section 197 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. This includes providing details as part of any subsequent VCAT process.