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You should apply for an MPL certificate if the:

  • Estimated cost of your development is greater than $1,052,000, and
  • The development is located in a municipality of metropolitan Melbourne.

An MPL certificate is valid for 90 days after the date of issue. If your certificate expires before you make a planning permit application, you need to submit a new application for an MPL certificate.

Note: If your MPL has expired or you have already used your certificate to apply for a planning permit, you cannot apply to us to revise the original MPL certificate. You must reapply for a new certificate and pay the MPL again.


Gather required information

The following information is needed to complete the Application for a Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) Certificate, which must be 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. 
  • Estimated cost of the development.

Please ensure that your email address is correct as we send your MPL certificate to the email address in your application.


Submit your application

To apply for an MPL certificate, select 'New certificate' in response to the question: 'What type of Metropolitan Planning Levy Certificate are you applying for?'. Complete all other relevant and mandatory sections.

Before you submit your application, you must declare that the information you have provided is true and complete.

After submitting your application, you will be issued a unique MPL application identifier number along with our bank account details for EFT payment.

You can also download a copy of your completed application for your records.

Next steps

After you have submitted your online application, we will send you an email asking you to click on a link to verify the email address you provided in your application. To protect your privacy, you must complete this step

Once you pay the levy, we email you the MPL certificate so you can lodge your planning permit for the proposed development.

If the estimated cost of the development increases after you receive your MPL certificate but before you apply for your planning permit (and your MPL certificate has not expired), you can apply for a revised MPL certificate and pay any additional levy amount.

This additional levy amount is calculated on the increase in the estimated cost of development.