Metropolitan Planning Levy
What is it?
With effect from 1st July 2015, you have to pay the Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) if you want to apply for a planning permit to develop land in metropolitan Melbourne and the estimated cost of the development for which the permit is required is more than $1 million. The current $ million threshold applies only for the 2015-16 financial year. It will then be indexed by CPI every financial year. The MPL is administered under Division 5A Part 4 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
The MPL forms part of the planning application checklists and you cannot lodge your planning permit application with the responsible authority or planning authority without MPL certificate.
Does it affect your land?
The MPL applies to the following areas:
Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra and Yarra Ranges planning schemes, and the area within urban growth boundary in the Mitchell Planning Scheme.
The MPL is $1.30 for every $1000 of the estimated cost of the development. In other words, it is 0.13% of the estimated development cost.
Where to pay?
If the estimated cost of your development is $ 1million, you have to apply for an MPL certificate by submitting an MPL application with the State Revenue Office.