Heritage properties

Every property has a land zone. Certain areas also have a heritage overlay.

Heritage overlays have been developed to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historic significance.

When purchasing a property, your solicitor or conveyancer will apply for a planning certificate. This certificate will confirm the property zoning and any overlays.

At any time you can check your property zoning online.

Heritage development works

Any development works in a heritage area must be carefully investigated to ensure you meet all requirements and retain the heritage value of your property. Development may involve:

Before you begin work

If your property is subject to a heritage overlay you can contact our heritage advisor for advice on conservation work and proposed changes.

‘Work’ includes restoring or adding to heritage buildings, constructing new buildings in heritage areas, or building new front fences.

It is a good idea to consult with our heritage advisor and a town planner before you lodge a planning permit application, as this is likely to make the application process smoother and faster.

To make an appointment please phone 03 5272 4456.

Assessing your heritage development

When we assess your application we will consider the following:

  • The significance of the heritage place, and whether your proposal is likely to spoil its natural or cultural significance.

  • The requirements of any heritage study and conservation policy that applies.

  • Whether the location or appearance of your proposed building will spoil the significance of the heritage place.

  • Whether the location or appearance of your proposed building is in keeping with the character and appearance of nearby buildings and the heritage place.

  • Whether your proposed work (building, demolition, removal, alteration, erection of signs, subdivision or consolidation of land) will spoil the significance, character or appearance of the heritage place.

  • Whether your proposed subdivision or consolidation of land could lead to development that will spoil the significance, character or appearance of the heritage place.

  • Whether proposed pruning, lopping or development will damage the health, appearance or significance of a tree.

Page last updated: Thursday, 2 December 2021