Best Hooper Lawyers provide services in town planning law to business and individuals clients throughout Victoria.

Planning Approval and Development Application

We assist Property Developers in obtaining planning approval and resolving disputes arising from development applications, planning proposals, building and subdivision certification and Local Government orders.

Best Hooper has an outstanding reputation in town planning law, environmental law and local government law.

Our lawyers understand planning law and environmental regulations and processes. We have an intricate knowledge of how local government works and can, therefore, guide our clients through potentially costly and time-consuming procedures such as applying for, reviewing, or changing planning permits in municipalities across Melbourne.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Our lawyers regularly appear before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and Planning Panels Victoria as advocates in matters concerning Melbourne planning permits and planning scheme amendments. This provides a cost-effective service for our clients and ensures continuity in case management. For large and complex matters, we can discuss the option of retaining counsel.

Best Hooper’s Melbourne planning lawyers can assist with:

  • the effect of planning controls;p
  • reparing and advising on applications;
  • appeals;
  • amending planning schemes;
  • managing environmental incidents and investigations;
  • assessing environmental management systems;
  • negotiating with regulatory authorities;
  • prosecutions.

Our Melbourne planning lawyers provide advice to developers, councils and individuals on all aspects of town planning and local government law, including the preparation and prosecution of:

  • applications for Melbourne planning permits
  • section 173 agreements
  • applications for enforcement orders and prosecutions
  • liquor licensing
  • amendments to planning schemes and environmental planning law
  • environmental planning law
  • building law
  • gaming law
  • land acquisition and compensation

Ian Pitt QC

special counsel

Town planning law, Property development, Land acquisition and compensation.

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John Cicero


Town planning law, Property development, Restrictive covenants, Land acquisition and compensation, Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC), Local government law, Environmental planning law.

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Tania Cincotta


Town planning law, Property development, Restrictive covenants and easements, Land acquisition and compensation, Liquor licensing.

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Joel Snyder

Principal Lawyer

Infrastructure, Building Disputes, Land Acquisition and Compensation, Property Transactions, Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC)

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