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If you want to apply for a planning permit application in metropolitan Melbourne and your estimated development costs are more than the MPL threshold of $1,029,000, you must submit a valid metropolitan planning levy (MPL) certificate with your planning application.

Your planning permit application will not be processed by a responsible planning authority without this 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 your planning permit application.

Apply for an MPL certificate

You will need the following information to complete an application for an MPL certificate, which must be accessed, completed and submitted online:

  • Details of the business/person applying for a planning permit,
  • Address and contact details, including email address,
  • Land details to which the MPL and planning permit application relates,
  • Land owner details, and
  • Estimated cost of your development

Note: please ensure that your email address is correct as we will send your MPL certificate to the email address you provide in your application.

The application form will tell you how much MPL you need to pay based on your estimated development cost. After you submit your completed application, you need to make your MPL payment by electronic funds transfer to us.

MPL certificates

We will issue an MPL certificate if we are satisfied that the whole amount of the MPL has been paid in respect of the estimated cost of the development. This certificate will contain the following information:

a. The estimated cost of the development,
b. The amount of the MPL paid,
c. A statement that the whole of the amount of the MPL has been paid in respect of the estimated cost of development,
d. The issue date of the certificate,
e. The expiry date of the certificate,
f. The name and address of the person who paid the MPL, and
g. Any other information the Commissioner considers appropriate

Revised MPL certificates

You will need a revised MPL certificate if the estimated cost of the development increases after you have received your MPL certificate but before you apply for the planning permit. We will issue a revised MPL certificate if you meet all of these conditions:

  • Your MPL certificate has not expired,
  • You have not lodged an application for a planning permit,
  • You have lodged an application for a revised certificate with us, and
  • We are satisfied that you have paid the whole amount of the MPL applicable to the increased estimated costs of the development

We may also issue a revised MPL certificate:

  • To correct any error listed in the information listed in (b) - (g) above in the MPL certificate, or
  • If the estimated cost of the development stated in the MPL certificate issued by us is different from that stated in your application but there has been no change in the estimated costs of the development

A revised MPL certificate will contain the same type of information as an MPL certificate.

Apply for a revised MPL certificate

You can apply for a revised MPL certificate by submitting another MPL application form to us, similar to the one you submitted to obtain your original certificate.

The following information is needed to apply for a revised certificate, which must be accessed, completed and submitted online:

  • The unique MPL application identifier that was issued to you after submitting your original application,
  • Details of the business/person applying for a planning permit,
  • Address and contact details, including email address,
  • Land details to which the MPL and planning permit application relates,
  • Land owner details,
  • The original and revised estimated cost of your development, and
  • The total MPL amount you have already paid

Note: please ensure that your email address is correct as we will send your MPL certificate to the email address you provide in your application.

After you have submitted your application, you will be able to pay any additional MPL (if applicable) by electronic funds transfer to us.

Validity of MPL certificates

Both an MPL certificate and a revised MPL certificate are valid for 90 days after the date of issue.

If your certificate expires before you make your planning permit application, you will need to submit a new application for a MPL certificate and pay the MPL again.

Refunds

The MPL will only be refunded if there has been a mathematical error in calculating the amount of the MPL by reference to the estimated cost of the development stated in your application.

Only in these circumstances, can you apply, in writing, to us for a refund.

We will not refund the MPL, in any amount, where:

  • The estimated cost of the development decreases,
  • You do not lodge your planning permit application,
  • Your application lapses, is refused or is withdrawn,
  • After you apply for your planning permit, the threshold amount increases, or
  • Your planning permit application is granted but is subsequently cancelled