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How to: Agent of Change

On 4 September 2014, the Victorian state government introduced the ‘agent of change’ principle into planning law by way of Planning Scheme Amendment VC120 and Clause 52.43.

The new provisions impose obligations on the ‘agent of change’, for example a residential developer, with respect to noise from live music performance across Victoria, and aims to protect live music venues from residential encroachment.  The agent of change principle requires a developer to include noise attenuation measures when a proposed residential development is within 50m of an existing live music performance venue.  In practical terms, this means that a new residential planning proposal close to a live music venue will need to include appropriate noise attenuation measures.  Similarly, if a live music venue seeks to expandthe owner/operator will be responsible for attenuating any noise effects that are caused by that change. 

The ‘agent of change’ principle is triggered automatically when a new planning permit application is lodged, and is unprecedented planning reform for live music.

For more information on the Agent of Change:

Live Music and Entertainment Noise Planning Practice Note 81 (Updated May 2016)

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 Live Music Action Agenda

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Explanatory Report covering the Agent of Change - Victorian Planning Provisions Amendment VC120 

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Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues

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Live Music and Entertainment Noise Victorian Planning Scheme Amendment VC120 – Clause 52.43

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Explanatory Notes to State Environment Protection Policy (Control Of Music Noise From Public Premises) No. N-2 (SEPP N-2)

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