We recently completed the North Melbourne Heritage Review, the first comprehensive review of heritage in this area since the 1980s. The independent review looked at all properties within the study area and made recommendations to change the heritage category of 143 properties and seek heritage protection for four new individual heritage places. A thematic history was developed that incorporates North Melbourne’s historical themes and material gathered through consultation with Traditional Custodians.

The area now known as North Melbourne is believed to have been known by the Kulin name Yern-da-ville. It was originally surveyed in 1852 and is one of our oldest and most cherished neighbourhoods. North Melbourne has developed over time with a diverse architectural mix of workers cottages, stately homes and social housing as well as educational, religious, commercial and industrial buildings. North Melbourne’s rich and evolving history has created the varied urban landscape we have today.

In addition to identifying specific buildings that require protection, the research and documentation of North Melbourne’s history and patterns of development was a central aim of the Review.

The North Melbourne Heritage Review is implemented through Amendments C402 (interim controls) and C403 (permanent controls). One hundred and twenty seven places are recommended for interim heritage protection while the permanent controls are progressed.

Public exhibition

This is the start of the planning scheme amendment process. It is anticipated that Amendment C403 will be placed on public exhibition for five weeks in mid-2022. Anyone will be able to make a submission during the exhibition period.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee meeting

    Council adopted Amendments C402 (interim controls) and C403 (permanent controls) to implement the recommendations of the North Melbourne Heritage Review.

    12 April 2022

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Public exhibition

    Public exhibition of Amendment C403 for five weeks. Anyone will be able to make a submission about the amendment during this time.

    Mid 2022

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Submissions to Future Melbourne Committee

    Report on public submissions to Future Melbourne Committee. Council requests Minister to appoint independent panel to review and hear submissions.

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Submissions to the independent panel

    Independent panel considers written submissions lodged during the statutory consultation period, hears verbal submissions in support of the written submissions and makes recommendations.

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Submissions to Future Melbourne Committee

    Future Melbourne Committee considers the panel report and changes to the Planning Scheme Amendment. Council submits final amendment to Minister for approval.

Amendment C402

Interim controls in the North Melbourne Heritage Review.

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