If you are unhappy with a Council planning decision you can appeal it to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
VCAT is an independent panel of experts appointed by the state government. The panel reviews Council planning decisions. Before VCAT makes a decision on a review, it will conduct public hearings and will also consider submissions from concerned parties.
The most common reviews taken to VCAT are:
- When a planning permit application has been refused.
- Objections to the conditions of an approved planning permit
- Objections by a person to an approved planning permit
- No decision on a planning permit from Council after 60 days.
VCAT will give their decision in writing some weeks after the hearing date. All parties involved will also get a copy of the written decision. Occasionally VCAT will announce its decision at the end of a hearing.