The Victorian Government has announced that starting from 1 January 2024, they will be making amendments to Victoria’s Planning Provisions and all planning schemes. These changes will introduce new restrictions for connecting to a gas network.
The new restrictions will apply to developments that require a planning permit. This includes new homes, apartment buildings, total knockdown and rebuild projects, mixed apartment buildings, social housing, and new subdivisions.
The new restrictions will not apply to new dwellings that do not require a planning permit, renovations, alterations or additions to existing dwellings or apartment buildings, existing homes with an existing gas connection, the use of LPG (bottled gas) for outdoor barbecues, commercial lots within new estates, and applications that were lodged before 1 January 2024.
The new restrictions will come into effect on 1 January 2024.
No, the new restrictions will not apply to existing homes that already have an existing gas connection.
The purpose of these new restrictions is to regulate and control the types of developments that are allowed to connect to gas networks, as part of the government’s broader planning and sustainability goals.
Yes, there are exceptions. For instance, new dwellings that do not require a planning permit, renovations, alterations or additions to existing dwellings or apartment buildings, use of LPG for outdoor barbeques, commercial lots within new estates, and applications lodged before 1 January 2024 will not be subject to these new restrictions.