Apply for a planning certificate

You can apply for a planning certificate if you need evidence of planning provisions and approvals that apply to your land.

A planning certificate will show all of the following if they apply to your land:

  • all current development permits
  • any development applications that were made in the last two years
  • the planning scheme, strategic framework, overlays and zones
  • any interim development control orders.

A planning certificate is considered proof of fact at the time of issue.

How to apply

To apply, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Submit your application

Submit a planning certificate application through the DAO website. You must apply for a separate certificate for each lot.

Step 2. Pay the fee

You must pay an application fee.

You can either pay:

All fees are non-refundable, even if your application is unsuccessful.

After you apply

Read below to find out what happens after you submit your application.

Processing time

The processing time can vary considerably, based on the location and complexity of the search.

Decision maker

The decision maker is the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Administrating branch

The administrating branch is Development Assessment Services. Contact a planner.

Last updated: 19 April 2021

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