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We're Inception Planning.

Inception means beginning - it is important to get us onboard early in your project, that's where we can add the most value, plus save you time and money.

With our specialist knowledge and trusted relationships, we make even the most complex projects simple.

From one-off self-builds to largescale development projects, 

we take the time to understand your needs and 

work with you to secure planning permission.

Our practice is built around you, not us.

What People Say


Steve Allen

From the time we asked Leah for a proposal, to head up our town planning application, it was clear she had taken her time to consider our design and develop a bespoke strategy to ensure the very best outcome for us.


Mike and Alex Bomitali

We had a large amount of objections on our proposed build. Inception Planning worked with us, and the architect, on each objection until all the objectors' needs were met. They were extremely dedicated to getting us over the line. 


James Stapleton

Inception Planning's forward thinking allowed for a more thoughtful design, with possible complications being addressed during the design phase, rather than having to be rectified or modified later.

How We Work

To safeguard against potential planning permission problems,

we recommend working with us on your project from the start.

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About Us

We are all about making the complex, simple.

Whilst we could yak on for hours about

Inception Planning, here are the

important bits of our story:


Our Projects

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313 Lyons St

Ballarat Central

Extension to dwelling in Heritage Overlay 


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Soldiers Hill

New dwelling in Heritage Overlay 


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12 Gregory St West

Lake Gardens

Warehouse Development

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200A Victoria St

Ballarat East

Residential Development and Subdivision


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Here are some of the questions we get asked most often.

If you have a questions that you can't find the answer to here, contact us.

What costs can I expect for Inception Planning’s services?

We hate giving a non-answer, but it really does depend on the complexity of the project, the types of supporting application plans and reports required, and the time spent custom producing a quality application to get you approval. Once we know what you need, we’ll be upfront about the likely cost and where we can have set fees. The earlier you discuss your project with us, the easier it is for us to work with you to find efficiencies in the process and save you money.

When will I get the planning permit from Council?

We’ve worked for Councils and with them. We know from the outside looking in, the process can seem unnecessarily time consuming. Councils are adhering to a complex planning process with a handful of procedures to undertake before issuing your permit. Unfortunately, that means we can’t give you a specific timeline. The good news is that, given our inside knowledge of the process and amazing working relationships with Councils, we are very good at navigating the permit process as efficiently as possible.

What happens if my planning permit application goes to a Council Meeting?

Applications are required to go to a Council Meeting for a variety of reasons, most of which we’ve dealt with many times. Whatever the reason, we will work with you to come up with a strategy and be there with you throughout the whole process. 

What can I do after my permit is issued? 

Yay, you’ve got the permit. Congrats! It is not unusual for there to be some conditions on your permit, which are usually addressed by submitting revised plans or reports to Council for approval. We are here to assist you in preparing and submitting them. Sometimes other building permits may also be required. We can help you source these too.

Do you only prepare planning permit applications?

We do love variety and have worked hard to become allrounders. As well as the ‘paperwork’, we can represent you in Statutory Planning and development matters, including: Council planning process, VCAT hearings, Council enforcement matters, mediation meetings, Council briefings, and general development related advocacy projects. We can be beside you from start to finish or just provide advice on the bits you need.


Our team review the conditions on your planning permit and identify what needs to be undertaken to achieve statement of compliance for your subdivision.

We project manage meeting condition requirements of your approved permit, seeking expert advice from our network of consultants and tradespeople. 
We ensure everyone is kept up-to-date throughout the process. 

Our successful track record means at the end of this process,
we'll be happily handing you
your newly titled allotments


There are many factors to consider in seeking approval to demolish existing buildings, lucky we
are experts in the field.
We work with you to have vacant sites ready for development.

Depending on your project,
you may need to seek report and consent, as well as apply for a building permit.
Don't worry, we'll liaise with the appropriate experts.

We know from experience,
that many builders prefer to
work with vacant sites.
Whether it is a commercial, industrial or residential project, we work with you to get the site ready, so you can start.

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