Planning Services

There are times when your new home may require a planning permit and we understand that this can be a stressful and time consuming process for homebuyers. At Green Design Solutions we offer a planning service to help reduce the stress to clients.

We have extensive experience in town planning and can prepare and manage the planning application process. It is important to note that not all buildings require a planning permit to build, but many do and we will explain why.

Basis for Planning

Land use planning provides the opportunity for land to be planned and developed, areas to be conserved and land uses to be permitted. Planning is nearly always overseen by Local Government through the Local Council planning scheme. The scheme is made up of many parts including a State Framework, Zones, Overlays and Local Council Policies.


Local Councils enact zoning regulations in order to control the pace and pattern of development and growth.

Zoning defines the legally permitted and prohibited uses of a piece of land, determining if a lot can be used for commercial, industrial, residential or agricultural purposes.


Overlays provide additional information about the land. An overlay is mapped within the local planning scheme and works in conjunction with a zone.

Overlays do not affect all properties, rather they group properties or localities with similar characteristics together that trigger other considerations. They may show physical features or land features that need more detailed attention. For example Bushfire Management, Heritage, Environmental Significance, Significant Landscape or Land Subject to Inundation.

If a site falls within an overlay, certain planning requirements will need to be met.

Multi Dwellings Developments

More than one dwelling on the same lot of land. Examples include dual occupancy, villa units, attached houses (townhouses) and secondary dwellings associated with a primary dwelling. Development can be strata titled and can include common property and shared infrastructure.


A plan of subdivision allows an applicant to divide land into two or more new parcels of land that can be developed separately and each with their own title. The specific planning requirements to be fulfilled will depend on the size of the subdivisions, from the basic supply of infrastructure services to the creation of new estates that require lots, roads, reserves or common property.

Green Design Solutions provides planning services for single and multi dwelling developments affected by overlays and small scale subdivisions. Contact us now to see how we can assist you.