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An exemption from land tax may be available if your land, or part of your land, is used for or being prepared for primary production. To be eligible for this exemption, certain conditions must be satisfied. These vary depending on whether the land is:

  • Wholly outside of Greater Melbourne, if it is used primarily for primary production,
  • Wholly or partly within Greater Melbourne but not within an urban zone, if it is used primarily for primary production,
  • Wholly or partly within Greater Melbourne and wholly or partly within an urban zone, if it is used solely or primarily for the business of primary production

Greater Melbourne is the area within the Urban Growth Boundary and is marked on the current map of Greater Melbourne. Prior to 18 June 2014, Greater Melbourne had a different meaning

An urban zone is a zone or part of a planning scheme that has been declared an urban zone, under a planning scheme in force under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, by the Governor in Council for land tax purposes. Urban zones can and have changed over time. 

Current Greater Melbourne

For land tax primary production exemption purposes, Greater Melbourne is the blue shaded areas in the map below. This boundary took effect from 18 June 2014 and has been applied from the 2015 land tax year.

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Image of the Greater Melbourne Map for Land Tax purposes

Map legend

  • Blue: Greater Melbourne, which is the area within the Urban Growth Boundary. This comprises some complete council areas and some partial council areas.  
  • Green: Councils that have land both inside and outside the Urban Growth Boundary. The green denotes the parts of these councils falling outside the Urban Growth Boundary and therefore outside Greater Melbourne.
  • White: Council areas wholly outside Greater Melbourne.

The blue shaded area is the combination of the:

Areas within the following councils

Banyule City Council
Bayside City Council
Boroondara City Council
Darebin City Council
Glen Eira City Council

Maribyrnong City Council
Monash City Council
Melbourne City Council
Moonee Valley City Council
Moreland City Council

Port Phillip City Council
Stonnington City Council
Whitehorse City Council
Yarra City Council

 

Areas within the Urban Growth Boundary specified in the planning scheme in force in each of the following councils

Brimbank City Council
​Cardinia City Council
Casey City Council
Frankston City Council
Greater Dandenong City Council
Hobsons Bay City Council

Hume City Council
Kingston City Council
Knox City Council
Manningham City Council
Maroondah City Council
Melton City Council

Mitchell Shire Council
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
Nillumbik Shire Council
Whittlesea City Council
Wyndham City Council
Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Former Greater Melbourne

Before 18 June 2014, for land tax primary production exemption purposes, Greater Melbourne was the red shaded area in the map below.

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Map showing the former Greater Melbourne Area for the purposes of Land Tax

This former Greater Melbourne area has the same meaning as metropolitan area in s201 of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works Act 1958 (as in force immediately before its repeal), or any area declared by the Governor-in-Council under that Act to be in the metropolitan area.

Urban zones

An urban zone is a zone or part of a planning scheme that has been declared an urban zone, under a planning scheme in force under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, by the Governor in Council. These zones change over time and new zones are declared as required for relevant tax years.

Below are lists of urban zones for current and past land tax years back to 2007.

Urban zones from the 2015 land tax year 

Planning scheme Zone code Description

Banyule

Bayside

Boroondara

Brimbank

Cardinia

Casey

Darebin

Frankston

Glen Eira

Greater Dandenong

Hobsons Bay

Hume

Kingston

Knox

Manningham

Maribrynong

Maroondah

Melbourne

Melton

Mitchell

Monash

Moonee Valley

Moreland

Mornington Peninsula

Nillumbik

Port of Melbourne

Port Phillip

Stonnington

Whitehorse

Whittlesea

Wyndham

Yarra

Yarra Ranges

ACZ

Activity centre zone

B1Z

Commercial 1 zone

B2Z

Commercial 1 zone

B3Z

Commercial 2 zone

B4Z

Commercial 2 Zone

B5Z

Commercial 1 zone

C1Z

Commercial 1 zone

C2Z

Commercial 2 zone

CCZ

Capital city Zone

CDZ

Comprehensive development zone

DZ

Docklands zone

GRZ

General residential zone

IN1Z

Industrial 1 zone

IN2Z

Industrial 2 zone

IN3Z

Industrial 3 zone

LDRZ

Low-density residential zone

MUZ

Mixed-use zone

NRZ

Neighbourhood residential zone

PDZ

Priority development zone

PPRZ

Public park and recreation zone

PZ

Port zone

R1Z

General residential zone

R2Z

General residential zone

R3Z

General residential zone

RGZ

Residential growth zone

SUZ

Special use zone other than schedule 1 to special use zone (port-related use)

TZ

Township zone

UGZ

Part B of urban growth zone

 

Urban zones for the 2014 land tax year

Planning scheme Zone code Description

Banyule

Bayside

Boroondara

Brimbank

Cardinia

Casey

Darebin

Frankston

Glen Eira

Greater Dandenong

Hobsons Bay

Hume

Kingston

Knox

Manningham

Maribrynong

Maroondah

Melbourne

Melton

Monash

Moonee Valley

Moreland

Mornington Peninsula

Nillumbik

Port of Melbourne

Port Phillip

Stonnington

Whitehorse

Whittlesea

Wyndham

Yarra

Yarra Ranges

ACZ

Activity centre zone

B1Z

Commercial 1 zone

B2Z

Commercial 1 zone

B3Z

Commercial 2 zone

B4Z

Commercial 2 zone

B5Z

Commercial 1 zone

C1Z

Commercial 1 zone

C2Z

Commercial 2 zone

CCZ

Capital city zone

CDZ

Comprehensive development zone

DZ

Docklands zone

GRZ

General residential zone

IN1Z

Industrial 1 zone

IN2Z

Industrial 2 zone

IN3Z

Industrial 3 zone

LDRZ

Low-density residential zone

MUZ

Mixed use zone

NRZ

Neighbourhood residential zone

PDZ

Priority development zone

PPRZ

Public park and recreation zone

R1Z

Residential 1 zone

R2Z

Residential 2 zone

R3Z

Residential 3 zone

RGZ

Residential growth zone

SUZ

Special use zone other than schedule 1 to special use zone (Port-related use)

TZ

Township zone

UGZ

Part B of urban growth zone

UGZ

Part B of urban growth zone

 

Urban zones for the 2012 and 2013 land tax years

Planning scheme Zone code Description

Banyule

Bayside

Boroondara

Brimbank

Cardinia

Casey

Darebin

Frankston

Glen Eira

Greater Dandenong

Hobsons Bay

Hume

Kingston

Knox

Manningham

Maribrynong

Maroondah

Melbourne

Melton

Monash

Moonee Valley

Moreland

Mornington Peninsula

Nillumbik

Port of Melbourne

Port Phillip

Stonnington

Whitehorse

Whittlesea

Wyndham

Yarra

Yarra Ranges

ACZ

Activity centre zone

B1Z

Business 1 zone

B2Z

Business 2 zone

B3Z

Business 3 zone

B4Z

Business 4 zone

B5Z

Business 5 zone

CCZ

Capital city zone

CDZ

Comprehensive development zone

DZ

Docklands zone

IN1Z

Industrial 1 zone

IN2Z

Industrial 2 zone

IN3Z

Industrial 3 zone

LDRZ

Low-density residential zone

MUZ

Mixed use zone

PDZ

Priority development zone

PCRZ

Public conservation and resource zone

PPRZ

Public park and recreation zone

R1Z

Residential 1 zone

R2Z

Residential 2 zone

R3Z

Residential 3 zone

SUZ

Special use zone other than schedule 1 to special use zone (port-related use)

TZ

Township zone

UGZ

Part B of urban growth zone

 

Urban zones for the 2010 and 2011 land tax years

Planning scheme Zone code Description

Banyule

Bayside

Boroondara

Brimbank

Cardinia

Casey

Darebin

Frankston

Glen Eira

Greater Dandenong

Hobsons Bay

Hume

Kingston

Knox

Manningham

Maribrynong

Maroondah

Melbourne

Melton

Monash

Moonee Valley

Moreland

Mornington Peninsula

Nillumbik

Port of Melbourne

Port Phillip

Stonnington

Whitehorse

Whittlesea

Wyndham

Yarra

Yarra Ranges

ACZ

Activity centre zone

B1Z

Business 1 zone

B2Z

Business 2 zone

B3Z

Business 3 zone

B4Z

Business 4 zone

B5Z

Business 5 zone

CCZ

Capital city zone

CDZ

Comprehensive development zone

DZ

Docklands zone

IN1Z

Industrial 1 zone

IN2Z

Industrial 2 zone

IN3Z

Industrial 3 zone

LDRZ

Low-density residential zone

MUZ

Mixed use zone

PDZ

Priority development zone

PCRZ

Public conservation and resource zone

PPRZ

Public park and recreation zone

PUZ

Public use zone

R1Z

Residential 1 zone

R2Z

Residential 2 zone

R3Z

Residential 3 zone

RDZ

Road zone

SUZ

Special use zone

TZ

Township zone

UFZ

Urban floodway zone

UGZ

Urban growth zone

 

Urban zones for the 2009 land tax year

Planning scheme Zone code Description

Banyule

Bayside

Boroondara

Brimbank

Cardinia

Casey

Darebin

Frankston

Glen Eira

Greater Dandenong

Hobsons Bay

Hume

Kingston

Knox

Manningham

Maribrynong

Maroondah

Melbourne

Melton

Monash

Moonee Valley

Moreland

Mornington Peninsula

Nillumbik

Port of Melbourne

Port Phillip

Stonnington

Whitehorse

Whittlesea

Wyndham

Yarra

Yarra Ranges

B1Z

Business 1 zone

B2Z

Business 2 zone

B3Z

Business 3 zone

B4Z

Business 4 zone

B5Z

Business 5 zone

CCZ

Capital city zone

CDZ

Comprehensive development zone

DZ

Docklands zone

IN1Z

Industrial 1 zone

IN2Z

Industrial 2 zone

IN3Z

Industrial 3 zone

LDRZ

Low-density residential zone

MUZ

Mixed use zone

PDZ

Priority development zone

PCRZ

Public conservation and resource zone

PPRZ

Public park and recreation zone

PUZ

Public use zone

R1Z

Residential 1 zone

R2Z

Residential 2 zone

R3Z

Residential 3 zone

RDZ

Road zone

SUZ

Special use zone

TZ

Township zone

UFZ

Urban floodway zone

UGZ

Urban growth zone

 

Urban zones for the 2008 land tax year

Planning scheme Zone code Description

Banyule

Bayside

Boroondara

Brimbank

Cardinia

Casey

Darebin

Frankston

Glen Eira

Greater Dandenong

Hobsons Bay

Hume

Kingston

Knox

Manningham

Maribrynong

Maroondah

Melbourne

Melton

Monash

Moonee Valley

Moreland

Mornington Peninsula

Nillumbik

Port of Melbourne

Port Phillip

Stonnington

Whitehorse

Whittlesea

Wyndham

Yarra

Yarra Ranges

B1Z

Business 1 zone

B2Z

Business 2 zone

B3Z

Business 3 zone

B4Z

Business 4 zone

B5Z

Business 5 zone

CCZ

Capital city zone

CDZ

Comprehensive development zone

DZ

Docklands zone

IN1Z

Industrial 1 zone

IN2Z

Industrial 2 zone

IN3Z

Industrial 3 zone

LDRZ

Low-density residential zone

MUZ

Mixed use zone

PDZ

Priority development zone

PCRZ

Public conservation and resource zone

PPRZ

Public park and recreation zone

PUZ

Public use zone

R1Z

Residential 1 zone

R2Z

Residential 2 zone

R3Z

Residential 3 zone

RDZ

Road zone

SUZ

Special use zone

TZ

Township zone

UFZ

Urban floodway zone

View the declared order by the Governor in Council on 18 December 2007 on the Victoria Government Gazette website [PDF]

Urban zones for the 2007 land tax year

View the declared order by the Governor in Council on 19 December 2006 on the Victoria Government Gazette website [PDF]