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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 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. 

Council will now consider the recommendations of the Panel Report and make a decision on the amendment.

C204warr expert evidence report – Brodie Blades

Panel Report

Amendment C205warr

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C205warr

Amendment C205warr to the Warrnambool Planning Scheme is currently on public exhibition.

The Amendment applies to land within the Merri River and Russells Creek catchments in north Warrnambool. 

The Amendment proposes to update the existing flood planning controls to ensure that flood modelling and mapping relies on accurate and up to date flood data and responds to best practice industry standards. 

The changes are based on the adopted Russell Creek Flood Mitigation – As constructed Flood Modelling (Water Technology Pty Ltd, 2017) and Design of North Warrnambool Floodplain Management Plan – Implementation Works (Cardno, 2010).
Detailed information on Amendment C205warr can be found by following the link at the left.

Note, the closing date for submissions has been extended from Friday 29 October 2021 to Friday 12 November 2021

Comments on Amendment C205warr are required to be submitted to Council. Comments should be sent to:

Julie Glass
Coordinator City Strategy
Warrnambool City Council
PO Box 198

Or by email:
planning [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

Fact Sheet

Explanatory Report

Amendment C206warr

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C206warr
The amendment introduces an incorporated document to the land at 69-75 Mortlake Road, Warrnambool for the construction of 68 dwellings and associated facilities, use and development of a medical centre, food and drink premises, takeaway food premises, construction of an access to a Road Zone Category 1 and reduction in carparking requirements.
Amendment documents

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
planning [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

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

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