VicSmart Planning Permit

VicSmart is a fast-track process for straightforward applications.

Key features of VicSmart include:

  • process takes 10 business days
  • applications are not advertised
  • information to be submitted with an application and what council can consider is pre-set
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the council or delegate decides the application.

You can use VicSmart to apply for:

  • minor subdivisions
  • minor buildings and works
  • tree removal and lopping
  • small advertising signs
  • car parking reductions.

Not all application types will be eligible for the VicSmart process though. 

Is your application eligible for VicSmart?

For details on VicSmart elgibility, visit the VicSmart permits page on Victorian Government website.

Forms, fees and checklists

Refer to Forms, fees and checklists page for further information.

Apply for a VicSmart application

Applications can be lodged by email to

Or in person at:

Civic Centre
27 Lyttleton Street,
Castlemaine 3450

Please ensure the following is included:

  • Note: written confirmation from Goulburn Murray Water must be obtained before lodging an application with Council. Download the application from the Goulburn Murray Water website
  • Download and complete the VicSmart Permit Application(PDF, 916KB)
  • A recent copy of Certificate of Title (within three months). This can be obtained from the Landata website
  • Copy of plans and supporting documents 
  • Read the checklists on the VicSmart website to ensure you have included any additional information required for your application.