When VCAT starts a case – Planning disputes

When you apply to have your planning dispute heard at VCAT we send you an initiating order. Find out what to do next.

What is an initiating order?

We send an initiating order to everyone involved in a planning case.

The initiating order gives instructions to the person who applied to VCAT, and to any other parties involved in the case on what to do next.

Instructions in an initiating order will vary depending on the type of planning dispute and may tell you:

  • who to send an application to
  • how to give notice of the application
  • how to join other people as a party
  • when you need to fill out a statement of grounds
  • any information that should be provided to VCAT and the other parties.

The initiating order may also tell you:

It’s important to follow the dates in the initiating order. These will tell you:

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Initiating orders for VicSmart applications

We send an initiating order for VicSmart applications 14 days after receiving your application. This tells you:

  • to send documents to the responsible authority. These include the application, the order, any attachments and any other material you sent to VCAT
  • the date and time of the final hearing. 

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What happens next

When you've completed all the tasks in the initiating order, we move forward with your application.

Find out what happens next

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Practice day hearings

In a practice day hearing a VCAT member makes decisions about who can be part of the case, how the dispute should be managed and how much time it will take.

Consent orders – Planning disputes

If you are involved in a planning dispute you can ask for a consent order to confirm an agreement between you and the other parties.

How VCAT makes decisions in planning cases

Understand how we come to a decision when we hear a planning case at VCAT.