Planning Scheme Amendments

The Warrnambool Planning Scheme controls land use and development within the municipality. It contains State and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.

The planning scheme indicates if a planning permit is required to change the use of land, or to construct a building or make other changes to the land.

A copy of the planning scheme is on display at the Warrnambool Civic Centre during business hours or, can be accessed on line at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's Planning Schemes Online website.

What is a Planning Scheme Amendment?

Sometimes the Warrnambool Planning Scheme needs to be changed to reflect new circumstances. Changes to the scheme are known as amendments and the process for an amendment is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. An amendment may involve a change to a planning scheme map (often a rezoning) or a change to the ordinance or written part of the scheme or both.

Current amendments

Amendment C214warr


Warrnambool City Council has prepared Amendment C214warr to the Warrnambool Planning Scheme.

The amendment proposes to rezone land from Farming Zone to Commercial 2 Zone, and applies the Design and Development Overlay – Schedule 18 and the Development Plan Overlay – Schedule 15 to the subject site.

The amendment to rezone the subject site from Farming Zone to the Commercial 2 Zone is required to facilitate the use and development of the land for commercial uses identified within the Eastern Activity Centre Structure Plan (EACSP).

The amendment provides for a zoning which is compatible with the future land use character precinct identified as office /employment within the EACSP.

Aerial map of subject area

Pursuant to Section 19(1) (c) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the amendment documents are available to view:

•    at the state government website with the following link

•    at the Warrnambool Council website

•    as a printed copy at the Warrnambool Council Offices 25 Liebig St Warrnambool.

The Amendment documents include:
-    An Amendment Notice
-    An Explanatory Report
-    Proposed Zoning Maps indicating the zone changes.
-    A copy of the Design and Development Overlay Schedule 18 
-    A copy of the Development Plan Overlay Schedule 15
-    A Town Planning Report

The amendment is on formal public exhibition and available between 11 Jan 2024 and 12 Feb 2024.

The Amendment will be exhibited for one (1) month in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987.  The closing date for submissions is Monday, 12 Feb 2024.

Submissions to the amendment may be forwarded to John Edwards (and marked as Submission on Amendment C214warr), via email

Should you have further enquiries feel free to contact Strategic Planner Morteza Mirgholami at (03) 5559 4800 or .

Explanatory Report

Instruction Sheet

Development Plan Overlay

Design and Development Overlay

Town Planning Report

Appendix B Site Report

Preliminary Site Investigation


Amendment C205warr

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C205warr

Amendment C205warr seeks to introduce/or revise the application of flood controls within part of the Merri River and Russells Creek catchments in North Warrnambool, which was undertaken in conjunction with Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority. 

Detailed information on Amendment C205warr can be found by following the link at the left.
Exhibition of Amendment C205warr closed on 12 November 2021 and submissions were presented to Council at its meeting on 7 February 2022. Council resolved to refer all submissions to an Independent Panel to be appointed by the Minister for Planning, for consideration.  
The Panel Hearing was held on 26 April 2022, and the Panel’s report has now been received. Please follow the link at the right to the Panel’s report.

Next Step

Council will consider the Panel’s report and recommendations at an upcoming Council meeting.

Enquiries can be emailed to or by contacting the City Strategy Team on 5559 4800.

Fact Sheet

Explanatory Report

Panel Directions and Timelines

North Warrnambool Floodplain Management Plan (2010)

Russells Creek Flood Mitigation - As Constructed Flood Modelling (2017)

Map Book

Consideration of Submissions (Council Report, Feb 2022)

Planning Scheme Amendment - Flood Modelling Peer review - Expert Opinion Report

Council submission to the Independent Planning Panel

The Panel's Report

Exhibition of Amendments

Amendments are generally on exhibition for one month, notice of when an amendment is on exhibition appears in the Warrnambool Standard generally on a Wednesday and Saturday.

Anyone can view the amendment when on exhibition at Council’s Civic Centre located at 25 Liebig Street, Warrnambool.

Having your say

If you are affected by a planning scheme amendment, you can influence what is proposed and what gets approved. Anyone can inspect the amendment and make a submission if they have concerns about it.

Submissions must be in writing to Warrnambool City Council, PO Box 198, Warrnambool, VIC, 3280 and received by the last day of exhibition.


For all enquiries regarding planning scheme amendments, including rezonings, please contact our City Strategy and Development Team:

By phone
(03) 5559 4800

By mail
City Strategy and Development
Warrnambool City Council
PO Box 198 Warrnambool VIC 3280

By email

In person
Warrnambool Civic Centre
25 Liebig Street,
Warrnambool Office hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday