Extending the expiry date for commencement or completion of a planning permit

There are many factors that may cause a delay in the commencement/completion of works, or operation. Most permits expire two years from the date of issue unless otherwise specified. The last condition on your planning permit will generally tell you when your permit will expire. 

When can I lodge an extension to my planning permit?

If you feel that you need extra time to commence or complete your use/development you can apply for an extension to your permit. A request for an extension of time to a planning permit can be made:

  • before the permit expires; or
  • within six months after the permit expires; or
  • within 12 months after the permit expires, if the development lawfully commenced before the expiry date and you wish to extend the time to complete the development.

Any request made outside of the above times is not able to be considered and you will need to reapply for a planning permit. Please see how to apply for a planning permit for information about how to apply for a planning permit.

How can I apply to extend a planning permit?

Prior to submitting an extension of time application you will need to have registered for our online services. Please allow up to 48 hours for your registration to be processed.

Register online

Once you have registered an account you can use the following link to submit your application (you will be prompted to log in first if you haven't done so):

Apply to extend a planning permit.

Assessment of extension of time requests

You will need to provide justification explaining why you are not able to commence/complete your use/development by the expiry date. In most cases, particularly if it is the first time you are requesting an extension, the request will be approved. However, there are certain circumstances in which it is not appropriate for a permit to be extended and in such cases the request may be refused. These circumstances include:

  • Changes to the planning scheme that have occurred since the approval of your use/development which would affect the proposal were it to be lodged today.
  • Warehousing of permits - when it is considered there has been ample time to commence a development and no extraordinary circumstances to prevent this from a occurring.
  • The request has been made outside of the statutory time frame (see above). 

You are able to appeal a decision to refuse an extension of time application in accordance with Section 81 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Please see VCAT's website for more information on lodging an appeal.


Extension of time applications incur a fee of $250 in the 2018/19 financial year - see our statutory planning fees page.

Last updated: Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:18 AM