Our Planning Lawyers and Town Planning Consultants

We are Melbourne-based lawyers practising in town planning, environmental planning laws and local government regulations. We understand these processes and can provide clear direction in these matters.

Areas of Expertise

Our Melbourne planning lawyers provide advice to developers, councils and individuals on all aspects of town planning and local government law, including the preparation and prosecution of:

  • applications for Melbourne planning permits
  • section 173 agreements
  • applications for enforcement orders and prosecutions
  • liquor licensing
  • amendments to planning schemes and environmental planning law
  • environmental planning law
  • building law
  • gaming law
  • land acquisition and compensation

Our lawyers appear regularly as advocates in Panel Hearings and in both the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Supreme Court.

We also act as Melbourne town planning consultants for clients and provide advice in relation to:

  • the interpretation, enforceability and variation or removal of restrictive covenants
  • the creation and removal of easements
  • land acquisition and compensation
  • appeals against valuations in rates notices and land tax notices.

GAIC Scheme Advice

Our Melbourne planning lawyers are also experienced in advising on Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC). This scheme came into effect in Victoria in July 2010 and affects all land bought within an urban growth boundary. This concerns municipalities including Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham.

We can provide general or specific advice on liability and applications to the Growth Areas Authority (GAA) or the State Revenue Office (SRO) under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Our Planning Team

Contact the lawyers of Best Hooper for advice or representation:

  • Ian Pitt Q.C.
  • John Cicero
  • Dominic Scally
  • Tania Cincotta
  • Teresa Bisucci
  • Sarah Raso
  • Romy Davidov
  • Panos Nickas
  • Lucy Eastoe

To find out more about the range of services that our Melbourne planning lawyers can provide for you, make an online enquiry or phone 03 9670 8951.