Design Excellence

As our City’s population continues to grow at a rapid rate, it is essential to ensure that the buildings and environment our future communities live within are sustainable, accessible and liveable. To meet this need, Darebin has appointed its first City Designer. As the first government worldwide to declare a climate emergency, we are committed to ensuring development in Darebin is sustainable and addresses climate change through highly efficient buildings and use of renewable energies.

The City Designer will be responsible to develop Darebin’s Design Excellence program and work closely with the planning team and the applicants to clarify design expectations. Additionally, the City Designer will work closely with various Council departments to ensure that Darebin is implementing and delivering Design Excellence.

As part of the Design Excellence program we encourage all applicants of multi-unit developments to have pre-apps with our planning team and engage with the City Designer at an early stage of the design process. This will help us provide guidance and clarity early in the design process.


To request a pre-app meeting contact the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).


Visit the Pre-application Meeting page for more information.




We are currently developing a Darebin Design Excellence program that will include a range of initiatives to raise the profile of design within the municipality and to help deliver higher standards of architectural design within Darebin by setting clear expectations and providing clarity to the design industry.

Exciting Design Excellence projects currently in preliminary planning stages include Darebin Good Design Guidelines, a new Darebin Design Awards program and Darebin Design Excellence Scorecard, which will set out the design standards expected for new development in the City of Darebin.


For more information, contact:
Munir Vahanvati, City Designer or call 8470 8888.