Guide 2-5 Applying for a planning permit to install an EGM, or change the number of EGMs, in a local area

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Part 5: What role is there for local communities to respond to applications for planning permits for EGMs?


The Victorian Planning System provides an opportunity for the community to object to a planning application if there is evidence that the community will be adversely affected by the proposal. It is a legal requirement that these objections be considered by the planning authority in their decision making process. Where a Local Government decides to refuse an application for EGMs and the applicant decides to appeal that decision to VCAT, the community is able to submit further objection as part of the VCAT hearing process.


The Victorian Planning system has built in mechanisms to allow the public to comment on and provide input to planning processes. When an application for a gaming venue has been proposed to Council, the Planning and Environment Act 1987 requires the applicant to advertise and notify those directly affected (neighbours, businesses, schools other licensed venues) by the proposal. This notification process provides information about the proposal and allows those who may be adversely impacted by the proposal to object. Where community members have not been notified directly but still believe they will be affected by the proposal, there is still an opportunity to object and complete a public submission to Council.  For more information on creating a submission to a planning application, visit the DPCD planning applications website.

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