The Planning Scheme

Council uses the planning policies and guidelines set out in the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme to make decisions about planning permit applications.

The planning controls set out in the Scheme determine whether a planning permit is needed for a particular use or development of land. Planning controls differ across the shire, so it's important to find out which controls affect your property.

The Planning Scheme is an important document if you are seeking a planning permit. We recommend speaking with one of our planners as a first step. 

From time to time, changes are made to a planning scheme. These are called planning scheme amendments. Amendments may be introduced to respond to changes in the area, a new Council policy, or to improve how the scheme operates.

If you would like to know more about the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme and how it affects your property, contact us or a planning professional to get advice before making changes to your property.


You can find out more about planning schemes at the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA).

Mount Alexander Planning Scheme Review

A review of the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme was completed in 2019. The review considered the impact of recent planning reforms and strategic work undertaken over the past four years.

Mount Alexander Planning Scheme Review 2019(PDF, 15MB).