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


Scheme Amendment

Amendment description

Relevant documents

Amendment C210warr

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C210warr

Warrnambool City Council has prepared Amendment C210warr to the Warrnambool Planning Scheme. 
The Amendment proposes to rezone the land at 44-52 Balmoral Road (Kings College) and the properties at Nos. 1-22 Royal Court, Warrnambool from the Public Use 2 (Education) Zone to the General Residential Zone 1.
The Amendment will correct the zoning of these properties which are all in private ownership and are currently incorrectly zoned for Public Use.
The Amendment also proposes to rezone public land administered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Warrnambool City Council (which adjoin the above-mentioned sites) to the Public Park and Recreation Zone.

The amendment is on formal exhibition until 23 May 2022.
Submissions to the amendment may be forwarded to:

Julie McLean
Coordinator City Strategy
Warrnambool City Council
PO Box 198
Or by email

Any queries should be directed to Julie McLean, telephone (03) 5559 4800.

Instruction Sheet

Notice of Amendment

Town Planning Report


Explanatory Report



Amendment C204warr

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C204warr

The amendment proposes to provide policy direction on signs that require a planning permit, by making changes to the Local Planning Policy Framework, which includes setting objectives, strategies, and guidance for signs in the municipality.

Detailed information on Amendment C204warr can be found by following the link at the left.


The amendment was placed on public exhibition between 25 February 2021 and 29 March 2021 and one submission was received. A report on the submission was presented to Council at its meeting on 3 May 2021 and Council resolved to refer the submission to an independent Planning Panel for consideration. 

A Planning Panel Hearing for the amendment was conducted on Monday 28 June 2021.Urban design evidence formed part of Council’s submission and can be found following the link to the right. 

The Panel Report has been received by Council and can be found by following the link to the right. 

A report on the Panel Report was presented to Council at its meeting on 2 August 2021 and Council resolved to adopt the amendment in accordance with the Panel’s recommendations, and submit the adopted amendment to the Minister for Planning for approval. 

The Amendment has been lodged with the Minister for Planning for approval and a determination is pending.

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

C204warr expert evidence report – Brodie Blades

Panel Report

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.  

Next Step

An Independent Panel has been appointed to consider submissions. A Panel Hearing will be held via video conference on 26 April 2022.

A copy of the timetable for the Panel Hearing and copies of Panel Hearing Documents can be found by following the links at the right. 

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

Amendment C209warr

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C209warr

Amendment C209warr seeks to rezone the eastern-most part of the Deakin University Warrnambool Campus at 10635 Princes Highway, Warrnambool from the Farming Zone to the Public Use Zone 2 (Education) and include the entire Deakin University Warrnambool Campus within Warrnambool’s urban settlement boundary.

The Amendment also seeks to make minor updates to signage provisions to the land by deleting the redundant Specific Control Overlay 2 (Deakin University Warrnambool Campus Signage, September 2012) and amending the Schedule to the Public Use Zone to specify the land as Category 2 Signage controls.  
Next Step.

The Amendment has been lodged with the Minister for Planning for approval and a determination is pending.

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


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 approve. 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