If the outcome of the council planning Dept is not palatable to either party, they can take it to VCAT.
If the development hasn’t been through council yet – Start with the HELP ME Page
VCAT Lodgement Fees As of Early 2013 ( See post VCAT Development Appeals Getting Further out of Reach. ) to be a resident objecting to council permit that was approved the fees went up dramatically – Section 82
(APPLICATION FOR REVIEW BY AN OBJECTOR UNDER SECTION 82 OR AN AFFECTED PERSON UNDER SECTION 82B OF THE PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT ACT 1987)
If the Council refused to grant a permit, and the builder took the case to VCAT – then a resident can lodge ( defend ) at VCAT for no fee. ( only the builder pays the lodgement fee.)
Application for review by an objector under section 82 OR AN AFFECTED PERSON UNDER section 82B
of the Planning and Environment Act 1987
Use this form from VCAT application_for_review-objector