You are here

MPL-Form-01

Document last modified: 01 Jul 2017

This form should be used to apply for a Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) Certificate.

 

 

Explanatory Notes

General

  • The Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) is imposed for the privilege of making a leviable planning permit application.
  • A leviable planning permit application is an application made to a responsible authority or planning authority under sections 47 and 96A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987(PEA) for a permit required for the development of land in metropolitan Melbourne, where the estimated cost of the development for which the permit is required exceeds the threshold amount (see MPL threshold amount).
  • As a statutory requirement of making a leviable planning permit application, the applicant must give the responsible authority or planning authority a current MPL Certificate. The estimated cost of development stated in the MPL Certificate must be equal to or greater than the estimated cost of the development stated in the leviable planning permit application. If an applicant fails to comply with this requirement, the application for the leviable planning permit is void.
  • The applicant for the leviable planning permit application is liable for the MPL.
  • The Commissioner of State Revenue (Commissioner) has the general administration of the MPL.

MPL threshold amount

  • The threshold amount is $1,029,000 for the 2017-2018 financial year.
  • The threshold amount is $1,013,692.16 for the 2016-2017 financial year.
  • The threshold amount is $1 million for the 2015-2016 financial year.
  • For the financial year beginning on 1 July 2016 and each subsequent financial year, the Consumer Price Indexed (CPI) adjusted threshold amount will be calculated in accordance with section 96R of the PEA.
  • On or before 31 May each year, the Commissioner must publish the CPI adjusted threshold amount for the following financial year on the SRO website.

How MPL is calculated

  • The amount of MPL is $1.30 for every $1000 of the estimated cost of the development for which the leviable planning permit is required.
  • If the estimated cost of the development for which the leviable planning permit is required is not a multiple of $1000, the estimated cost is to be rounded up or down to the nearest $1000 (and, if the amount by which it is to be rounded is $500, it is to be rounded up).

Notification and Payment of MPL to the Commissioner

  • Before making a leviable planning permit application, the applicant must submit a completed Application for Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) Certificate and pay the whole MPL amount to the Commissioner. This application must state the estimated cost of the development and any other information required by the Commissioner.
  • If, after the Commissioner has issued a MPL Certificate which has not expired (see MPL Certificate), and the estimated cost of the development increases before the leviable planning permit application is made, the applicant must submit an Application for Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) Certificate (Revised) and pay the whole additional MPL amount to the Commissioner. This revised application must state the increased estimated cost of the development and any other information required by the Commissioner.

MPL certificate

  • The Commissioner must issue a MPL Certificate if he is satisfied that the whole amount of the MPL has been paid in respect of the estimated cost of the development.
  • Subject to section 96U(3) of the PEA, a MPL Certificate expires 90 days after the day on which it is issued.

Revised MPL Certificate

  • The Commissioner must issue a revised MPL Certificate if:
    • The Commissioner has issued a MPL Certificate, which has not expired;
    • The estimated cost of the development increases before the application for a leviable planning
    • Permit is made; and
    • He is satisfied that the whole amount of the MPL has been paid in respect of the increased estimated cost of the development.
  • The Commissioner may also issue a revised MPL Certificate to:
    • Correct any error in the information listed in the MPL Certificate (except the estimated cost of development as explained below), or
    • The estimated cost of the development stated in the MPL Certificate is different from the estimated cost of the development stated in the Application for Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) Certificate lodged by the applicant.
  • A revised MPL Certificate expires 90 days after the day on which it is issued.

Refund of MPL

  • The only circumstance under which a person who has paid a MPL is entitled to a refund is where there has been a mathematical error in calculating the amount of the MPL by reference to the estimated cost of the development stated in the original or revised Application for Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) Certificate. Other than that, a person who has paid a MPL is not entitled to a refund of the whole or any part of the MPL.

Application ID

  • After you have submitted your completed application, an Application ID will be displayed on the ‘Submission Complete’ page.
  • Quoting this Application ID will give you access to information about this application and enable you to enquire about your application by phone.
  • You should quote this number in any correspondence.

MPL Payment

  • The SRO accepts payment for the MPL by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
  • After you have submitted your completed application, our bank account details and your 'Reference' code for EFT payment will be displayed on the 'Submission Complete' page.
  • So that we can process your application promptly, please use our 'Reference' code (the Application ID) and account details when you pay by EFT.

Preferred payment option

Electronic Funds Transfer
​Lodgement reference:
BSB: 033 222
Account Number: 000197