2018 planning reforms for animal industries

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.

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

The low risk planning permit process for pig and poultry farms that meet certain criteria.

Pig planning permit guidelines:

Poultry planning permit guidelines:

2018 Amendment to the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms

The Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009 with 2018 amendments, including free-range broiler farms:

Example Environment Management Plan

If you require a copy of a completed Environment Management Plan example that aligns with Element 6 of the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms, please send a request to psai@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

More information

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

Page last updated: 16 Nov 2021