Mount Hotham

Development & Planning

Planning Application Process and Timeline


The Information below aims to provide a general overview of Alpine Resorts Planning for persons contemplating development in the Alpine Resorts. The information covers a range of topics including:

Also included are links to relevant forms and contact names and numbers.

Who is responsible for planning in the Alpine Resorts?

The Minister for Planning is the Responsible and Planning Authority for the six designated Alpine Resorts within Victoria:

  • Mount Hotham
  • Falls Creek
  • Lake Mountain
  • Mt Baw Baw
  • Mt Buller and Mt Stirling

The Alpine Planning Unit administers the Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme on behalf of the Minister for Planning. The relevant legislation is the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

What is the role of the Resort Management Boards?

Alpine Resort Management Boards exist for each Alpine Resort. They act as the Crown's representative for leasing and other land management functions and provide services such as water, sewerage and other municipal services. Further details about the role and function of the Alpine Resorts Management Boards are contained in the Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997.

Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme

The sensitive nature of the alpine environment means that planning and development must be undertaken in a manner that ensures the natural environment of the Resort and surrounding areas are protected and enhanced. Planning at Mount Hotham is governed by the Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme. This scheme outlines a framework under which the protection and management of significant environmental features and ecosystems can be balanced with the sustainable use and development of alpine resorts. The Scheme defines public use, public park, recreation, road and comprehensive development zones, as well as environmental significance and heritage overlays within the Resort. The Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme is administered by the Alpine Planning Team, located within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on behalf of the Minister for Planning. The Mount Hotham Resort Management Board acts as a referral authority for planning permits received by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

It is a requirement of the Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme that the relevant Alpine Resort Management Board is a referral authority under Section 55 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and are given the opportunity to comment on planning permit applications as the Land Manager.

1)Almost all development land at Mount Hotham is in one of four Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) areas.

  1. Hotham Village (CDP1)
  2. Inter Urban Break (CDP2)
  3. Davenport Great Alpine Road Frontage (CDP3)
  4. Davenport Oversnow (CDP4)

The CDPs are part of the Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme and give guidelines about what can be built.

2) The Minister for Planning is responsible for planning and permits.

This is done via Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Alpine Planning in Melbourne. Almost all building work and vegetation removal requires a permit. It also requires landlord approval from the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (The Board). Once you have established what you wish to do and checked it against the CDP for your site, you should first discuss your proposed development with the Board before discussing it with DELWP Alpine Planning Staff in Melbourne.

3) Once you have landlord approval and a planning permit, you will need building approval for the details of construction work.

Capital Ingoings (Headworks) Charges are a once off fee ($330 per square metre of FECA*) charged for new buildings as their contribution for infrastructure.

*Fully Enclosed Covered Area (F.E.C.A.)

The sum of all such areas at all building floor levels, including basements (except unexcavated portions), floored roof spaces and attics, garages, penthouses, enclosed porches and attached enclosed covered ways alongside buildings, equipment rooms, lift shafts, vertical ducts, staircases and any other fully enclosed spaces and useable areas of the building, computed by measuring from the normal inside face of exterior walls but ignoring any projections such as plinths, columns, piers and the like which project from the normal inside face of exterior walls. It shall not include open courts, light wells, connecting or isolated covered ways and net open areas of upper portions of rooms, lobbies, halls, Interstitial spaces and the like which extend through the storey being computed.

Unit of measurement: Square Metres (m²)

Note: The definition of exterior walls in multi-tenanted buildings is to include the building as a whole, not the sum of the individual apartments.

FECA Definition

The Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme flow chart