2018 planning reforms for animal industries

New planning reforms came into operation in September 2018.

On 21 September 2018, new animal industries planning reforms came into effect. These reforms balance:

  • industry growth
  • environmental protection
  • community amenity.

The reforms have been shaped by extensive consultation with:

  • rural and regional communities
  • peak industry bodies
  • animal industries
  • local government
  • planners.

The reforms introduce new land use definitions and associated planning controls for animal industries into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all local planning schemes in Victoria.

Benefits of the reforms

Benefits of the reforms include:

  • clearer regulation that recognises and supports the diversity of contemporary animal production systems and anticipated future development
  • reduced regulation and greater flexibility for farmers of grazing-based operations to manage business risks and respond to opportunities
  • simplified planning requirements for low-risk pig and poultry farming
  • greater guidance and training for local government to support assessment and determination of planning applications.

Read more about the planning support program for small-scale pig and poultry producers.

Guidelines for grazing and intensive animal production

Agriculture Victoria has developed guidelines to assist in the interpretation of the land use terms 'grazing animal production' and 'intensive animal production':

Simplified planning permit process for low-density, mobile, outdoor pig and poultry farms

The 2018 planning reforms for animal industries introduce a simplified planning permit process for pig and poultry farms that meet certain criteria.

Pig planning permit guidelines:

Poultry planning permit guidelines:

Amendment to the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms

The 2018 planning reforms introduced an amendment to the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009 so the Code will also apply to free-range broiler farms:

More information

Government response to consultation:

If you have any questions please contact the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or email psai@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 12 Jul 2020