Update - March 2017

The Heritage Policy Review was endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee on 5 July 2016 and has informed the proposed Amendment C258 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme. You can find out further information on the Public Exhibition - C258 Heritage Planning Scheme Amendment page.

Conclusion of community engagement

Stage 2 community engagement on the draft Statements of Significance and Heritage Policies concluded on 14 February 2016. Project updates are provided below.

The City of Melbourne is developing new draft Heritage Statements of Significance for Carlton; East Melbourne and Jolimont; North and West Melbourne; Parkville; South Yarra; and Kensington and has revised its two Heritage Planning Scheme Policies.

Once finalised, the draft Heritage Statements of Significance and Heritage Policies will be used to guide decisions on planning permit applications affecting heritage properties.


Thank you for your comments on the draft new Statements of Significance and draft Heritage Policies. A report will be provided to the Future Melbourne Committee, presenting the comments received from this latest round of engagement and officers’ recommended draft Statements of Significance and draft Heritage Policies in response to the comments received.

This report will also recommend a request be made to the Minister for Planning to place the draft Planning Scheme Amendment on exhibition, a process which will allow further submissions to be made to Council and to an independent panel.

February 16, 2016

On Tuesday 8 December 2015, the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee will consider whether to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to commence the planning scheme amendment process by inviting formal public comments on draft Amendment C258.

The intent of the review undertaken to date and of draft Amendment C258 is to improve the way we make heritage planning decisions by:

  • ensuring our policies meet current best practice
  • making our heritage place grading system consistent with State Government requirements and
  • providing some additional local heritage context for the assessment of planning permit applications in existing heritage precincts.

Further information is available on the Local Heritage Policies Review page.

November 30, 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended our community forums or participated in the online questionnaire. The responses and feedback will now be collated and will inform the revised heritage policies and the draft statements of significance for the identified heritage precincts.

The draft statements and updated policies will be presented to Future Melbourne Committee in September 2015 and feedback will be sought through the formal planning scheme amendment process.

If you have made an on-line submission or attended one of our community forums and provided your contact details, you will receive updates on this project. For further information please email heritage@melbourne.vic.gov.au

April 20, 2015

We are preparing to review two heritage planning scheme policies, which are used to make decisions on planning permit applications (Melbourne Planning Scheme clauses 22.04 and 22.05).

New statements of significance will also be developed to help understand the important heritage qualities of the existing heritage precincts in the following suburbs:

  • Carlton
  • East Melbourne and Jolimont
  • North and West Melbourne
  • Parkville
  • Southbank
  • South Yarra
  • Kensington

Details of upcoming engagement will be released in coming months.

February 2, 2015