Difference Between Planning and Building

Understanding the difference between planning and building can help you apply for the correct permits for your development project.

Planning considers the way land is used and developed, and how this impacts the character and amenity of an area. The Whitehorse Planning Scheme approved by the Victorian Government, outlines objectives, state and local policies, zoning and overlay controls as well as particular provisions related to specific aspects of land use and development.

Building is concerned with safe construction practices, and considers whether the construction work conforms to building regulations, the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian standards.

Construction work may also affect Council assets such as the road reserve, footpaths, naturestrips and kerbs. You will need a permit to undertake works in these areas. Before undertaking construction works, find out what permit you need to protect Council's assets.