We recently completed the Carlton Heritage Review, the first comprehensive review of heritage in this area since the 1990s. The independent review looked at all places within the study area, and made recommendations seeking heritage protection for 24 new places in addition to other updates. A thematic history was developed that incorporates Carlton’s historical themes and material gathered through consultation with Traditional Custodians.

The suburb of Carlton is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most cherished neighbourhoods. Originally an extension to the Hoddle Grid lined with grand terrace rows, Carlton later became a diverse home to recently arrived immigrants, social housing, educational facilities and a range of world-class heritage and contemporary architecture. In addition to identifying specific buildings that require protection, the research and documentation of Carlton’s rich history and patterns of development was a central aim of the Review.

The Review is implemented through Amendments C404 (Interim Controls) and C405 (Permanent Controls). 53 places are recommended for protection in interim heritage overlays to ensure these buildings are protected while permanent controls are progressed.

A decision by the Minister for Planning for interim protections has not yet occurred.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee meeting

    Council to consider Amendments C404 (interim controls) and C405 (permanent controls) to implement the recommendations of the Carlton Heritage Review.

    16 November 2021

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    Community consultation

    Exhibition of Amendment C405. During this time members of the public may make submissions.

    24 February to 31 March 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 C405

Permanent controls in the Carlton Heritage Review.

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