Planning permit changes
Northern Grampians Shire Council will forward planning permit applications it receives to the Victorian Building Authority under changes to legislation introduced this month.
The change means the council can still accept permit applications, but is required to forward them all to the VBA for a permit to be issued.
It also means a levy will now need to be paid directly to the VBA by a nominated payer before a permit can be issued.
Stawell Ward councillor Karen Hyslop said the reforms aimed to increase transparency and compliance in the building industry and offer better protection for consumers engaging a builder.
“We’re always an advocate for less red tape, and streamlining our processes is an important part of our council plan,” she said.