Planning & building

Victoria’s planning and building systems should promote safe, healthy, and vibrant communities for all Victorians. Councils have a vital role in this. Councils are responsible for developing local planning policy, assessing the vast majority of planning permit applications, and have key responsibilities in enforcing both the planning and building systems.

Current priorities

We are involved in capacity-building reform projects, and we represent councils in numerous State-led reviews and reforms in the planning and building spaces.

Our advocacy priorities in planning and building include:

  • The need for planning and building systems to contribute to climate change mitigation as well as promote resilience and adaptation
  • Ensuring an effective Victorian planning system, which has local decision making at the center.
  • Reform of Victoria’s building regulatory system to ensure Victorian families are protected from defective building work.
  • Working with councils, the Victorian Government, and non-government stakeholders to meet Victoria’s current and future housing needs.

We also host the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment.

Submissions and briefs

On behalf of the local government sector, we prepare submissions on a range of planning and building related topics.

Our public submissions are available on the MAV submissions page.


Engage with us

Claire Dunn
Manager, Sustainable Development

Emlyn Breese
Co‐ordinator Research and Policy

James McLean
Senior Policy Adviser, Sustainable Development