Application for a declaration related to planning
VCAT has the power to make declarations or orders under a number of planning enactments. A declaration can determine the meaning or effect of a legally enforceable provision such as a requirement of a planning scheme. A declaration or order can also decide the validity of a decision made by the decision-making authority.
You may apply under the following enactments:
- Sections 149A and 149B of the Planning and Environment Act 1987
- Section 185AA of the Local Government Act 1989
- Section 41 of the Subdivision Act 1988
In some cases declarations can only be made by a presidential member of VCAT. In other cases declarations can only be made by either a presidential member or another member who is a lawyer.
Time limits apply. Read more about time limits for lodging applications in the Planning List.
Extension of time to apply
Under section 126 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998, VCAT can extend the time to apply. We can extend the time by which you must make an application to VCAT – if it is reasonable to do so and if extending time would not cause any prejudice or detriment to a party or potential party that cannot be remedied by an appropriate order for costs or damages.
Complete and submit the Application for an extension of time form to apply for more time to lodge an application.
Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?
You may have a legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT (such as a lawyer, town planner, relative, or some other person). In Planning and Environment cases you do not need to have VCAT's permission to be represented.
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Need help with your application?
We can explain the application process and what the form is asking you for. Contact us to get support.
We cannot give you legal advice. This means we cannot tell you what to write in your application or recommend how to get the outcome you want.
Seek legal help if you are unsure about your options or need advice about your claim.
Access and privacy
VCAT hearings and files are usually public.
VCAT has limited authority to restrict who can access cases and files but, in certain circumstances, you can apply for confidentiality.