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Darebin City

Profile Performance

Provision of land use and development assessment services to applicants and the community including advice and determination of applications

Time taken to decide planning applications

Median number of days taken between receipt of a planning application and a decision on the application

Darebin City (2018-2019)

124.5 days

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

85.98 days

All Councils (2018-2019)

69.6 days

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Darebin City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 103 days 90.91 days 70.43 days
2016-2017 116 days 97.75 days 72.54 days
2017-2018 127 days 92.82 days 69.69 days
2018-2019 124.5 days 85.98 days 69.6 days

Darebin City Council Says...

In 2018-19, the proportion of more complex applications for medium to high density increased to 40%, which is part of the reason that processing time was long. Many required further information requests and design improvement to achieve high levels of compliance and good design outcomes. Council is aiming to cut the time taken in future years.

Planning applications decided within required time frames

Percentage of VicSmart planning application decisions made within 10 days and regular planning application decisions made within 60 days

Darebin City (2018-2019)

27.70%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

62.35%

All Councils (2018-2019)

70.17%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Darebin City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 40.01% 58.72% 69.56%
2016-2017 46.18% 58.83% 70.06%
2017-2018 31.23% 58.99% 69.63%
2018-2019 27.70% 62.35% 70.17%

Darebin City Council Says...

Council is aiming to significantly increase the number of applications that it processes within statutory timeframes. It is working on a variety of improvements, including process and technology improvements.

Cost of statutory planning service per planning application

Direct cost to council of the statutory planning service per planning application received

Darebin City (2018-2019)

$3,413.72

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$2,810.14

All Councils (2018-2019)

$2,615.43

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Darebin City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $2,351.37 $2,151.43 $2,131.65
2016-2017 $2,821.56 $2,469.69 $2,311.71
2017-2018 $3,246.35 $2,757.12 $2,459.07
2018-2019 $3,413.72 $2,810.14 $2,615.43

Darebin City Council Says...

The overall operating costs were similar to the previous financial year. However, as the total number of applications dropped compared with 2017-18, this shows as an increase per application.

Council planning decisions upheld at VCAT

Percentage of council planning application decisions subject to review by VCAT that were not set aside

Darebin City (2018-2019)

44.90%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

52.54%

All Councils (2018-2019)

52.64%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Darebin City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 60.32% 58.19% 66.75%
2016-2017 41.33% 54.14% 58.73%
2017-2018 46.05% 56.56% 61.19%
2018-2019 44.90% 52.54% 52.64%

Darebin City Council Says...