Statement of grounds
A statement of grounds sets out your reasons for contesting a current planning case at VCAT.
How to lodge a statement of grounds
You must lodge a statement of grounds by the date stated on the VCAT order.
You must fully explain your reasons for contesting the case.
You can participate at the hearing or compulsory conference by choosing to be a party to the case.
If you want to become a party to the case, you must pay a lodgement fee when you give VCAT your statement of grounds.
If you choose not to become a party to the case, you do not pay a lodgement fee but you cannot participate at the hearing or compulsory conference. Your statement of grounds will still be considered if we receive it by the due date.
You must provide copies of the statement of grounds to VCAT, the applicant and the responsible authority by the date stated in the VCAT order. You can do this by email, by post or in person.
Withdrawing your objection
If you want to withdraw your objection after lodging your statement of grounds, you must tell VCAT, the applicant and the responsible authority in writing. You will then be withdrawn from VCAT's record and receive no further correspondence.
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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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.