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 recommended heritage protection for 24 new places in addition to 52 heritage category changes.

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 Victorian terraces, 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 which require protection, the research and documentation of Carlton’s rich history and patterns of development was a central aim of the review.

Amendments C404 and C445 applied interim heritage protection to 51 properties that were recommended for protection through the Carlton Heritage Review. These will expire on 1 February 2024.

The recommendations of the Carlton Heritage Review are proposed to be permanently implemented through Amendment C405, which was exhibited between 24 February and 31 March 2022. Submissions were considered by an independent Planning Panel in October 2022. The amendment was adopted by Council with changes on 30 May 2023. A request for approval is now being considered by the Minister for Planning.

Heritage protection for Punt Road Oval

Although not located within Carlton, Amendment C405 also includes reinstating heritage protection for the Punt Road Oval (East Melbourne) on a permanent basis. The Punt Road Oval had heritage protection from the 1980s but this was previously deleted from the planning scheme inventory in error. Interim protection for the site currently applies. Find out more.



  • 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 - complete

    Public exhibition

    Exhibition of Amendment C405. During this time you can attend an information session in person or online, and lodge a submission.

    24 February to 31 March 2022

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    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.

    16 August 2022

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    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.

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