VCAT has confirmed that, although they remain closed to the public, it is business as ‘Covid-usual’. They will continue to receive and process new applications as well as hear matters remotely, as scheduled.
Most Council planning departments have already moved to a ‘working from home model’. The Councils we contacted, confirmed it is business as Covid-usual for them too.
Applicants should be aware that public notification processes may need to be tweaked, in some instances, and note that the electronic lodgement of material remains preferred over snail-mail.
Thanks to the efforts of practitioners, Councils and VCAT who moved quickly to a remote-model, the wheels of the planning industry will keep turning.
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