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Planning Applications

What is a planning application?

A Planning Application is separate to a Building Application and is required for any type of development or land use which is not permitted outright by the King Island Planning Scheme.


1.   What is the King Island Planning Scheme?

2.   Why is an application required?

3.   Are there different types of applications?

4.   Planning permit applications requiring public notifications

5.   Who makes the decision?

6.   Who has a say?

7.   When will the decision be made?

8.   What information is required with an application?

1. What is the King Island Planning Scheme?

The Planning Scheme is a legal document which sets out the way land may be used or developed. The Planning Scheme is administered and enforced by the Council as the Planning Authority.

The Planning Scheme allocates particular zones to all land on the Island to differentiate anticipated land use patterns. Any proposed development or land use change fall within one of four categories:

1.   No permit required

2.   Permitted

3.   Discretionary

4.   Prohibited

2. Why is an application required?

Applications for permits are required so that Council may assess your plans and supporting information, inspect your property and determine whether your proposal is appropriate. Council seeks to ensure that a proposal:

  • Complies with the relevant provisions of the King Island Planning Scheme.
  • Is an appropriate use of the property according to its land use table.
  • Has minimal potential to cause damage to the natural environment.
  • The amenity and health of the occupants of adjacent properties in the locality are not adversely affected.

3. Are there different types of applications?

Generally the development which requires a Planning Application can be placed into one of two categories:

  • Uses which do not require public notification (permitted)
  • Uses which require public notification (discretionary)

When an application is lodged, Council will assess the information and decide whether it requires public notification (advertising).

Applications for development that is permitted are dealt with under delegated authority, by staff within the Planning Department. These applications are usually processed within a fortnight.

4.  Planning permit applications requiring public notifications

When you lodge an application for a planning permit Council will assess its potential impact upon the natural and built environment within the locality. Council is obliged under Section 57 of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 to publically notify all discretionary applications. Adjoining residents or owners will be notified in writing of the proposal and the application will be advertised in the King Island Courier newspaper.

5. Who makes the decision?

The Council Planning Authority meets to consider these applications usually on the third Tuesday of each month. The Planning Authority comprises all of the elected members of Council.

6.   Who has a say?

Any person wishing to make a representation for or against the proposal must do so in writing before a specified date. Anyone who wishes to be heard before Council, in support of their representation, will be duly notified of the time and date to attend the relevant Planning Authority meeting. Applicants are given the opportunity of responding in writing to any representation which has been made. The applicant may also verbally support the proposal at the Planning Authority meeting if any representors wish to be heard.

7.  When will the decision be made?

Council endeavours to process applications as quickly as possible within the prescribed time; however the time may vary according to factors including the complexity of the development, the need for additional information or consultation with other authorities. In some cases Council will consult with other agencies especially if the proposal may affect their sphere of responsibility.

8. What information is required with an application?

Council has statutory responsibilities to meet when processing planning applications and it is, therefore, important that a full assessment of an application can be made and delays minimised.  Applicants are advised to consider the King Island Planning Scheme to have a better understanding of the level of information necessary for Council to make an informed decision.  Copies of the Planning Scheme are available at the Council office and online.

The following information is required in order to assess an application:

  • A completed Development Application form.
  • A statement of environmental effects.
  • A copy of the current Certificate of Title for the land, including the associated schedule of easements and any applicable Part 5 Agreements.
  • A written submission on how the proposal complies with the relevant purpose, objectives, development use, desired future character statements and standards applicable to the desired development or land use.
  • Three copies of the site plan and,
  • Three copies of the building plan (where relevant).

The site plan should include:

  • Boundaries and dimensions of the site and all existing buildings.
  • Any proposed buildings and structures, showing the relevant setback distances to boundaries.
  • Existing contour levels of the land (5 metre intervals) and watercourses and major landscape features.
  • Existing and/or proposed points of access on to a public road.
  • Proposed carparking areas, driveways and paths.
  • Any easements over the subject land.
  • A landscaping schedule indicating the location, height and species of proposed trees and shrubs with lawn and garden areas.
  • The delineation of any proposed subdivision or strata plan of the land.
  • Scaled drawings (≥1:500) or legible and accurate dimensions

The building plans should include:

  • The layout of any proposed buildings or structures, showing all dimensions and the intended use of rooms/areas.
  • The total floor area of proposed buildings or structures.
  • At least two elevations of proposed buildings or structures showing the external materials and colours to be used.
  • Scaled drawings (≥1:100) or legible and accurate dimensions

Site plans and building plans must be submitted on paper sheet sizes no greater than A3 and no smaller than A4. Documents supporting the proposed development may be submitted on CD/DVD format concurrently with a signed hardcopy of the Development Applicaiton Form. The application will only be accepted on receipt of the prescribed fee.

Please note

The information contained herein is a guide only. It is recommended that the advice and assistance of Council's planning staff be sought in conjunction with any enquiries concerning the use of land within the King Island local government area.

Before undertaking any development, please discuss your intentions with Council staff. If you need to make an application your time and money can be better allocated if you are thoroughly prepared.

All applications and supporting information will be electronically scanned and archived on receipt. Those applications requiring discretionary approval will also be placed on Council's website for general viewing during the notification period.

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