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, that 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.

For more information, call us on (03) 5422 0333 or email

Incorporated documents

The documents listed below are incorporated documents under section 6(2)(j) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

An incorporated document forms part of our planning scheme. Documents incorporated in this planning scheme and the Schedule to documents incorporated in this planning scheme are found in Clause 72.04 of the planning scheme.

If a document is not listed below, it is not an incorporated document. A document is not incorporated in our planning scheme by reason only that is referred to in the scheme.

Note: Clause 72.08 contains a list of background documents and schedule to background documents relevant to our planning scheme. A background document does not form part of the planning scheme.

All documents in the list below can be found on Planning Victoria. Simply enter Macedon Ranges into the search bar or search via the map, then click through to the Incorporated Documents tab and type a keyword into the search bar. 

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

Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme Review

All Councils are required to regularly review their Planning Schemes to ensure they are up-to-date and provide clear and relevant guidance for the community, developers and planners.

For more information and to have your say, visit Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme Review.