The City of Melbourne has partnered with Melbourne Water to refresh flood modelling for a number of areas in our municipality

This new information on flood risk is the basis for our proposed Amendment C384 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme. It seeks to update the flood overlay maps and schedules to support new development being designed with flood resilience in mind.

To assist applicants and decision makers with development proposals in our renewal areas of Fishermans Bend, Arden and Macaulay, a collaborative approach has been taken. City of Melbourne, in partnership with City of Port Phillip and Melbourne Water, has created a Good Design Guide for Buildings in Flood Affected Areas (PDF 11.4MB). The guide contains written and visual examples to help developers and stakeholders in designing new developments, ensuring that buildings are safe during flood events, accessible to all and positively contribute to their context through good urban design.

Recommendations will soon be made to the Future Melbourne Committee to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to publically exhibit the proposed changes to the Planning Scheme. Once authorised, affected owners and residents, will be notified of the upcoming exhibition period. During this time you will have an opportunity to ask questions and share your feedback by making a formal submission.

Learn more about our project through the links below.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee meeting

    a) Amendment C384 and the Good Design Guide background document are presented to the Future Melbourne Committee. This is to consider requesting authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare and exhibit the amendment to incorporate new flood information in the planning scheme, along with improved application requirements and decision guidelines.

    b) Melbourne Water adopts and declares new flood information to inform Property Information Certificates, Flood Certificates, as well as responses to planning and building applications that are requested or referred to it by the City of Melbourne, Secretary of the Department of Water and the community.

    3 August 2021

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    City of Melbourne to Request Authorisation

    Authorisation requested on 4 August 2021

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Authorisation by the Minister for Planning

    Under delegation from the Minister for Planning, authorisation was granted on 18 August 2021. The next step of the Amendment is public exhibition which is likely to occur later this year.

  • Timeline item 4 - active

    Exhibition of Amendment C384

    Subject to authorisation by the Minister for Planning.


  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Submissions to Future Melbourne Committee

    Report on public submissions to Future Melbourne Committee for consideration. Council may request Minister appoint an independent Planning Panel to review and hear any unresolved submissions.


  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Submissions to the independent Planning Panel

    Independent panel considers written submissions lodged during the statutory consultation period, hears verbal submissions in support of the written submissions and makes recommendations.


  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    Submissions to Future Melbourne Committee

    Future Melbourne Committee considers the Panel report and any recommended changes to the Planning Scheme Amendment, together with officer comments. Council may adopt the amendment and submit it to the Minister for Planning for approval and gazettal.


  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    Approval and Gazettal by the Minister for Planning of the final planning scheme changes


Amendment overview

Learn more about Planning Scheme Amendment C384.

Water and flooding in Melbourne

Explore Melbourne’s water story and what City of Melbourne has done to manage the impacts of flooding.

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