Chat to a Planner
Circular Head Council is currently holding a series of 'Chat to a Planner' sessions to help residents, business owners, community groups and industry professionals to understand our planning processes.
The sessions provide opportunities to speak face-to-face with Council officers about planning and development in Circular Head, allowing you to ask any questions you may have about planning and how this may relate to your property.
Interim Planning Scheme
On the 19 October 2013, the Circular Head Interim Planning Scheme 2013 replaced the Circular Head s.46 Planning Scheme No. 1, 1995.
To view the Interim Planning Scheme please visit:
The above link will open the planning scheme in iPlan where it can be viewed in sections using the index down the left hand side of the page. Click on the arrows to 'unfold' each chapter.
The site is best accessed using a modern internet browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The site does not work well with older versions of Internet Explorer. The site has a Help menu with trouble-shooting instructions are provided.
The Circular Head Interim Planning Scheme 2013 has allocated land into 17 different zones. These can be viewed here Zoning Maps (www.list.tas.gov.au)
Tasmanian Planning Scheme
The Tasmanian Planning Scheme is a single statewide planning scheme which will replace the 30 current planning schemes operating in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Planning Scheme will consists of two parts:
- a set of consistent statewide planning rules called State Planning Provisions and
- Local Provisions Schedules which will contain the zone and overlay maps and lists that apply the State Planning Provisions and identified special and unique areas for each council area.
The State Planning Provision were made by the Minister on 22 February 2017 and came into effect on 2 March 2017 following a period of public consultation, public hearings and recommendations by the independent Tasmanian Planning Commission.
For further information see : Tasmanian Planning Reform
Progress of Circular Head's Local Provisions Schedule (Planning Scheme):
April 2019 - Council has submitted a draft of its Local Provisions Schedule to the Tasmanian Planning Commission
July 2019 – Council met with the Tasmanian Planning Commission to discuss any issues they have found to require clarification. See the meeting notes here.
January 2019 - The Minister of Planning has directed Council to exhibit its draft Local Provisions Schedule, see Circular Head Council Draft Planning page
February 2020 – July 2020 – Draft Local Provisions Schedule exhibited for public comment
Lodging a Planning Permit Application
Please use the following form when submitting an application to Council.
If you need to amend a planning permit, please use the following form.
Please contact Council Engineering and Development Services for more information on 03 6452 4885. It is recommended to discuss your application before lodging.
Visitor Accommodation Reforms
State Government reforms to planning and building requirements for visitor accommodation use have come into affect.
If you plan to use your existing home, shack or investment property for visitor accommodation, you need to be aware of the Government’s reforms to planning and building requirements, which came into affect Statewide from 1 July 2017.
Planning and building requirements will vary depending on how you plan to use your property. A summary of the new arrangements is available via the following links. The new arrangements only relate to the use of an existing property where no development is involved.
Please see the following links for further information:
Planning matters - Making a Representation
Please note that a representation to be valid must address the discretionary matter being considered by Council.
Political Advertising Signage
The Circular Head Interim Planning Scheme 2013, provides that a planning permit is not required for political advertising signs that meet the criteria in the attached document. Please note these requirements only between when the writ for the election is issued through to 2 weeks after the election.
Bushfire Prone Area Code
For information on Bushfire Hazard Practitioners please see the Tasmanian Fire Service website
On this page there is a link to the most up to date list of accredited Bushfire Hazard Practitioners.
Land Stability and Landslip
The following link and information may assist landowners having to deal with land stability and landslip on their property or as part of the planning or development application process.