Our heritage gives us a sense of the past and of who we are - our cultural identity.

A heritage place could include a site, area, building, group of buildings, structure, archaeological site, tree, garden, geological formation, fossil site, habitat or other natural or cultural significance and its associated land. It may be significant for scientific, aesthetic, architectural or historical reasons or for any other special cultural value.  We wish to protect and conserve these places so they can be enjoyed and used today and into the future.

How are heritage places identified?

Heritage places are identified when we carry out a municipal heritage study. During the initial stages of the study, the community is encouraged to nominate sites and places of potential historic significance.  Nominated places then undergo a heritage assessment by a qualified heritage consultant in order to determine whether or not the place is significant and warrants heritage protection at either a state or local level.

As part of the assessment of the site, a statement of significance is prepared which indicates why a place is important and what specific items/elements are important to be conserved. Documenting the significant values of a place is one of the most important parts of the process of protecting heritage, and knowing how to manage the place appropriately.

The policies and provisions of the Manningham Planning Scheme must be taken into consideration and applied when considering a proposal for a heritage place that requires a planning permit.

Heritage Overlay

The Heritage Overlay provisions are set out at Clause 43.01 of the Manningham Planning Scheme. The Heritage Overlay details when a planning permit is required.

The Schedule to the Heritage Overlay lists the properties affected by the Heritage Overlay and any additional controls which may apply to that particular site. To check if a property is heritage listed check the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay.

The Heritage Overlay shows the location and extent of heritage controls over a particular heritage place

Under the Heritage Overlay a planning permit is required from the local Council to:

  • Subdivide or consolidate land
  • Demolish or remove a building (including part of a building)
  • Construct a building (including part of a building, or a fence)
  • Externally alter a building
  • Construct or carry out works
  • Construct or display a sign
  • Externally paint an unpainted surface, and
  • Externally paint a building if the painting constitutes an advertisement.

In some instances, external paint controls, internal alteration controls and control over trees may also apply. These additional controls are identified in the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay.

The Heritage Overlay will not always apply to the whole of the land. To help determine the extent the Heritage Overlay applies to a particular site please refer to the planning scheme maps.

My property has a Heritage Overlay, when do I need a permit?

You will need a permit to:

  • subdivide or consolidate land
  • demolish or remove a building (including part of a building)
  • construct a building (including part of a building, or a fence)
  • externally alter a building
  • construct or carry out works
  • construct or display a sign
  • externally paint an unpainted surface (refer to note below)
  • externally paint a building if the painting constitutes an advertisement.

In some instances, external paint controls, internal alteration controls and control over trees may also apply.  The Schedule to the Heritage Overlay will identify whether these additional controls apply to your site.  There may also be other overlays that apply to your site.

Maintaining a property with a Heritage Overlay

A planning permit is not required under the Heritage Overlay to carry out routine maintenance and repairs which do not change the appearance of the heritage place. Any repairs or maintenance must be undertaken to the same details, specifications and materials. For example, a rusty galvanised iron roof may be replaced with a new galvanised iron roof but a planning permit would be required for a roof clad in different materials (e.g. to use zincalume or colourbond sheeting or tiles instead of galvanised iron). If you are unsure you can check with us before you repair or maintain the property., clarify your intentions with Manningham  Council before committing to the repairs or maintenance.

The Heritage Overlay may not apply to the whole of the site. You will need to refer to the planning scheme maps online or available at the Manningham Council Offices, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

Can I demolish a building with a Heritage Overlay?

Being able to demolish a house or building depends on a number of factors. The primary purpose of the Heritage Overlay is to protect the heritage significance of a building, place or area. If the heritage place is individually significant, or if it contributes to the significance of an area, Council will discourage the demolition of a building unless it is found to be structurally unsound. The statement of significance will explain why the place is important. If a planning permit is refused, it is possible to have this decision reviewed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Heritage Guidelines

Draft Heritage Guidelines have been prepared for the Warrandyte Township Heritage Precinct. The Guidelines are intended to assist applicants and Council officers in preparing and assessing development applications within the Warrandyte Township Heritage Precinct.

The revised Guidelines have been developed in the form of 7 booklets, which are intended to be more user friendly as they provide more concise and clear information in relation to particular types of development as it applies to commercial and residential areas respectively.

Icon for application/pdf Warrandyte Township Heritage Guidelines - Amendment C60 Pt1 Alterations and Additions Commercial (2.3 MB)
Icon for application/pdf Warrandyte Township Heritage Guidelines - document AmC60 Pt2 Alterations and Additions Residential (2.99 MB)
Icon for application/pdf Warrandyte Township Heritage - C60 Pt 3 Alterations and Additions Commercial non contributory (2.36 MB)
Icon for application/pdf Warrandyte Township Heritage - C60 Pt 4 Alterations and Additions Residential non contributory (2.97 MB)
Icon for application/pdf Warrandyte Township Heritage Guidelines - Document Amendment C60 Pt 5 Infill Commercial (2.2 MB)
Icon for application/pdf Warrandyte Township Heritage Guidelines - Document Amendment C60 Pt 6 Infill Residential (3.12 MB)
Icon for application/pdf Manningham Heritage Garden Significant Tree Study Stage 2 Report April 2006 (8.98 MB)
Icon for application/pdf Manningham Heritage Garden Significant Tree Study Stage 2 Report April 2006 (8.98 MB)

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