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MPL-Form-01

Document last modified: 01 Jul 2017

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

 

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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.
  • As a statutory requirement of making a leviable planning permit application, the applicant must give the responsible authority or planning authority a current Metropolitan Planning Levy Certificate. The estimated cost of development stated in the 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 levy.
  • The Commissioner of State Revenue (Commissioner) has the general administration of the metropolitan planning levy.

Levy threshold amounts

  • The threshold amount is $1,052,000 for the 2018-2019 financial year. 
  • The threshold amount is $1,029,000 for the 2017-2018 financial year.
  • The threshold amount was $1,013,692.16 for the 2016-2017 financial year.
  • The threshold amount was $1 million for the 2015-2016 financial year.
  • For the financial year beginning 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 this website.

How the levy is calculated

  • The levy amount 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 the levy to the Commissioner

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

Metropolitan Planning Levy certificate

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

Revised Metropolitan Planning Levy Certificate

  • The Commissioner must issue a revised Metropolitan Levy Certificate if:
    • The Commissioner has issued a 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 levy has been paid in respect of the increased estimated cost of the development.
  • The Commissioner may also issue a revised Metropolitan Levy Certificate to:
    • Correct any error in the information listed in the certificate (except the estimated cost of development as explained below), or
    • The estimated cost of the development stated in the certificate is different from the estimated cost of the development stated in the Application for Metropolitan Planning Levy Certificate lodged by the applicant.
  • A revised certificate expires 90 days after the day on which it is issued.

Refund of the Metropolitan Planning Levy

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

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 the application and enable you to enquire about your application by phone.
  • You should also quote this number in any correspondence.

Metropolitan Planning Levy Payment

  • We accept payment for the levy 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