Planning your Development

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Current Fees and Charges

Changes to Planning Staff availability – commencing 4 April 2018

Council’s Planning Department receives a high volume of complex enquiries and our Town Planners are committed to providing the best possible service. Town Planners are available to discuss your enquiry over the phone or face to face during the following times:

Meetings can be arranged otherwise by appointment.

Thank you for your understanding.

Local government has a major role in the management and control of development activity. A variety of approval and enforcement requirements are administered through your local Council.

It is acknowledged that many people see restrictions and approvals required by regulation as a nuisance. Yet, this is really the only way a complex, modern society can operate for the greater good of the broader community.

This information is to help you avoid the approvals pitfalls and to assist in bringing your development proposal to a successful conclusion.

What is planning?

Planning is the name given to the system of regulations that guide all new development. Regulation is contained in our Planning Scheme, this shows where development can take place, what sort of development is expected and sets out the standards it must reach.

Planning in Meander Valley sets out to balance the needs of development with the needs of conservation in one of the most beautiful areas of the State.

Aims of our Planning Scheme include:

Each provision in the scheme assists in some way towards these goals. Each development proposal in the Meander Valley is checked against these goals and approvals are given where development is consistent.

The public suggest changes to the Planning Scheme by making an application to Council. Changes are made from time to time to keep the Scheme relevant and to take account of new circumstances. Changes have to be agreed to by both the Council and Tasmania Planning Commission before they take effect.

What Applications are Required?

You may require an approval if considering any of the following:

The list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires planning permission you should contact the Planning section on 6393 5320. For most developments, contacting us before you apply will allow an easier determination to be made and may highlight some of the likely issues or requirements that need to be addressed.

Getting Started


Be clear what you want. The golden rule is, ALWAYS CHECK WITH US FIRST.


Things are not always as they first appear.


There are many professional people available who can assist. Seek their help. Correct advice may influence your decision to proceed, or affect the nature of your project. Involve Council staff in your discussions. Friends are great, but their advice is not always the best where development or building issues are concerned.


If you decide to submit a planning application it is a good idea to tell your neighbours and show them the plans you intend to submit. Many difficulties arise due to misunderstandings between neighbours so early involvement can often alleviate disputes, improve designs and clarify matters.

For discretionary approvals Council is required to write to all neighbours informing them of your development.

Making an Application

Have Council check your application before it is lodged

Remember, the Council and the community does not know your land or your proposal like you do. Make sure you put them in the picture by supplying:

Have You:

Properly considered the impact of your proposal on your neighbours, and the wider environment; and considered measures to avoid harm or nuisance?

Failure to do so is a common cause of delay, refusal and appeal disputes. With good design you should be able to do what you want, without adversely affecting your neighbours or the environment.

Complied with the relevant State and Local regulatory requirements?

Some applications must be advertised and put on display for public comment and allow time for people to make representations. You should allow for this extra time in your planning.

Some applications may have to be referred to other government bodies for comment.

After your applicationn is submitted:

Council will endeavour to determine your application without delay.

Please note: you need a Building Permit before commencing work.


For further information please contact our Planning Department on 6393 5320.

Meander Valley Council - Working Together
PO Box 102, Westbury, Tasmania 7303 : Tel: 03 6393 5300 : Fax: 03 6393 1474 : E:
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