A planning permit is an entitlement that a particular use or development (subdivision, buildings and works) may proceed on a specific piece of land. A permit may be specific to a person or operator. It is always subject to a time limit and expires under specified circumstances. The responsible authority may impose conditions when granting a permit.
Planning Permits are sometimes confused with Building Permits; however, they are not the same. Building permits relate to the method of construction of a building or development. If you have a planning permit, you may still need to get a building permit.
Depending on the provisions of the planning scheme affecting your land, a planning permit may not be needed to change the use of the land or to develop the land. This also may be subject to conditions, as some forms of use of development may be prohibited.
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This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 8/19/2011