Our Services


Planning Permits

We have obtained planning permits for our clients on a variety of residential, commercial and industrial projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Our multidisciplinary team of award winning Architects, Surveyors, Arborists, Landscape Designers and Traffic Engineers allows us to identify and resolve potential issues swiftly thereby allowing us to create high-quality development and design solutions.Our knowledge of planning, environmental legislation and Town Planning schemes means we can solve planning issues quickly, thus ensuring we can translate our clients’ visions into achievable outcomes.

Building Permits

Universal Planning can coordinate your building permit by engaging Structural and Civil Engineers, Geotechnical and Foundation consultants, Home Energy Rating Experts and Architects to complete the Working Drawings. We have allied ourselves with a number of reputable, foremost Melbourne Building Surveyors accredited to assess building plans with a view to ensuring they comply with the Building Act 1993, the Building Regulations 2006 and the National Construction Code.

Site Potential Appraisals

We can take the guesswork out your pre-property purchase by providing you with thorough research and analysis on your pending transaction in order to determine whether the land will be suitable for your needs and objectives. We aim to mitigate the risk of significant property transactions. With our comprehensive knowledge of the planning regulations, we can suggest value adding opportunities to your site or provide you with advice on the pitfalls and constraints of the site, thereby assisting you with making a respectable profit or stop you losing a hefty sum.

VCAT Representation

Due to our expertise, negotiation knowhow, and people skills, Universal Planning are frequently appointed as VCAT advocates for Council’s, private and public listed clients. We have acted as representatives for diverse project types at VCAT appeals and mediations as well as regularly appearing as an expert witness at both VCAT and Planning Panels Victoria.

Liquor Licences

Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, it is a condition of every licence and BYO permit (excluding pre-retail, limited and major event licences) that the use of the licensed premises does not contravene the planning scheme that applies to the premises under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. For this reason, we are regularly appointed by applicants to provide a planning permit addressing the application against the relevant Council Planning Controls, such as a written assessment against Clause 52.27, preparing a Site Analysis Plan and completing a Noise and Amenity Action Plan. We are one of the very few companies in Victoria that have the expertise and experience in preparing a Cumulative Impact Assessment.

Permits for Subdivision

Since the establishment of Universal Planning, we have added over 840 new residential and 1,430 Strata Title lots into the Victorian property market. We engage those Surveying firms who use state-of-the- art CAD equipment and who are highly experienced operators capable of producing all types of community and strata titling plans including pre-construction sales documentation, concept schematics, car-parking allocation and final title plans. We provide the town planning assessment (such as the Clause 56 and Local Planning Policies appraisal) needed for Council approval. The strength of our knowledge is based on our experience and legislative understanding of complex titling developments.