What is the difference between a planning and building permit?

A planning permit gives you legal permission to add a new development or change the way land is used under the Frankston Planning Scheme. You won’t always need a planning permit. It depends on the zones, overlays and planning policies that cover the property. It is your responsibility to find out if you need one. Even minor changes may require a planning permit.

A building permit is required for most building works. This includes new buildings and structures, altering a dwelling or changing the use of a building. The assessment generally involves consideration of the structural integrity of buildings and structures, and is generally assessed in accordance with the Building Act and the Building Regulations.

If you require both permits, you must get the planning permit first before applying for the building permit.