Planning Schemes

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1. Does Public Record Office Victoria hold Planning Scheme records?

Public Record Office Victoria does hold Planning Scheme records in its holdings.The following list displays all the VPRS numbers in this collection.

VPRS 16131 Maps, Country Victoria Planning Schemes, Interim Development Orders (IDO’s), and Amendments from 1946 to Day One, 16 February 1988 (1946 – 1988).

VPRS 16156 Country Victoria and Metropolitan Region Planning Scheme Ordinances, Interim Development Orders and Approved Amendments (1946 – 1988).

VPRS 16157 Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme (MMPS) Maps and Interim Development Orders (IDO's) Maps; Modifications, Amendments and Revocations (1954-1988).

VPRS 16158 Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme Ordinance and Interim Development Orders, Reprints and Amendments (1954 – 1988).

VPRS 16155 Country Victoria and Metropolitan Region Planning Scheme Maps, Developments Plans and Amendments (1988 – 2007).

VPRS 16204 Country Victoria and Metropolitan Region Planning Scheme Ordinances/Amendments (1988 – 1997).

VPRS 16203 New Format Planning Scheme Maps based on the Victoria Planning Provisions (1997 – cont).

VPRS 16223 New Format Planning Scheme Ordinances based on the Victoria Planning Provisions (1997 – ct).

VPRS 16121 Planning Scheme Record Cards (1946 – 1988).

VPRS 16245 Map Index to Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme Amendment Maps in VPRS 16157 and the Metropolitan Region Planning Scheme Maps, in VPRS 16155 (1968 – 2000).

VPRS 16260 Guide to Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme (MMPS) and Interim Development Orders (IDO) Maps in VPRS 16157, 1954 to 1988 and Planning Scheme Amendment Maps in VPRS 16155 (1955 – 2000).

2. What year range does Public Record Office Victoria hold for Planning Scheme records?

Public Record Office Victoria holds Planning Scheme records from 1946 to 2008. (For date range of each specific series please refer to question one above).

3. Who is the government agency that is currently responsible for Planning Scheme records? 

The government agency that is currently responsible for Planning Scheme records is the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) 2007-cont.

4. What kind of information does a Planning Scheme record contain?

Planning Schemes consist of both planning maps and Ordinances (written documentation). The Planning Scheme maps show the zones and overlays that apply to land covered by the scheme and the written documentation - Ordinance - sets out the statutory requirements of planning policies, zones and overlays.

5. How do I search for Planning Scheme records?

Step 1: Select a series number from the list above. From this list you can ascertain what are the pre 1988 and post 1988 schemes.

Step 2. Log in to PROV’s online catalogue at www.access.prov.vic.gov.au

Step 3: Select the Searching tab and click on Search within a Series.

Step 4: Enter the series number you are searching within in the VPRS field for example 16131. In the next field enter a key word for example Bendigo and click on the Search button.

Step 5: Once a search result is returned place a tick in all the tick boxes and then click on the Order Selected Entries button.

Step 6: The ordered items will be displayed in the Current Order screen with a time and date of availability in PROV’s VAC Reading Room. If your order has been successful, your screen should show the following information:

- What time your records will be available for collection.
- What Reading Room your records can be viewed from.

Note: Records are held in the Reading Room for 10 business days from the date ordered. After 10 days the records are returned to the repository and you will be required to reorder them.

For further information on the searching and ordering process for planning schemes please go to HOW TOguide 42 How to Search and Order Planning Schemes/Ordinances.

5. Can planning schemes and ordinances be copied?

Planning schemes and ordinances can be copied and photographed with digital cameras. For more information on copying please refer to PROVguide2 Copying Services and PROVguide24 Use of Digital Cameras in PROV's Reading Rooms.

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