Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme

The Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme is a statutory document which sets out planning controls for land in the Macedon Ranges Shire. It guides the use, development and protection of land in our region.  

A local Planning Scheme consists of two main sections:

  1. Policy and future direction for land use and development—from heritage and environment to car parking.
  2. Zones and overlays, which tell you whether a property is for residential, industrial or business use. They detail what you are allowed or not allowed to do on your land.

You can find out about the zones, schedules and other information for specific properties by visiting the Victorian Government's Land Channel website.

Planning scheme amendments

A planning scheme amendment is a change to the planning scheme. This may include a change to a local policy about the use of land or the design and layout of buildings. It may also include a rezoning of land, or a change to overlay controls relating to things like heritage or vegetation protection.

The process for carrying out a planning scheme amendment is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Private sponsored amendments

A private sponsored amendment is a planning scheme amendment initiated at the request of an applicant or landowner. Mostly, these relate to an individual parcel of land where the landowner is the main beneficiary. For more information, see:

Current amendments to our Planning Scheme

Contact us

For more information about our Planning Scheme, call us on (03) 5422 0333 or email