Amendment C258 - West Melbourne Heritage Review

West Melbourne will be the first area to apply the new heritage polices and grading system proposed in Amendment C258 - Heritage Policies Review. For that reason we have combined the Heritage Policies Review and the West Melbourne Heritage Review into Amendment C258.


What is Amendment C258 - West Melbourne Heritage Review?

Amendment C258 - West Melbourne Heritage Review applies to properties within the West Melbourne Structure Plan area (see map below) and proposes the following changes to the Melbourne Planning Scheme:

  • Amend the Schedule to Clause 43.01 - Heritage Overlay to introduce 20 new heritage places and revise the descriptions of five existing heritage places, all in West Melbourne
  • Amend planning scheme maps 5HO, 7HO and 8HO to introduce 20 new Heritage Overlays and revise the boundaries of eight existing Heritage Overlays, all in West Melbourne
  • Amend the Schedule to Clause 81.01 - Incorporated Documents to introduce a new document titled 'West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016: Statements of Significance'. The new heritage gradings recommended under the West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016 (‘The review’) are included in the proposed 'Melbourne Planning Scheme, Heritage Places Inventory 2017' which is included in Amendment C258 - Heritage Policies Review.

Map of West Melbourne Heritage Review Area (C258 - West Melbourne Heritage Review)

Map of West Melbourne Heritage Review Area (C258 - West Melbourne Heritage Review)

Why is Council proposing the amendment?

The review was undertaken to assess the heritage significance of land in the West Melbourne Structure Plan area.

Existing heritage places were reviewed and updated and additional places recommended for heritage protection were also identified. This amendment is needed in order to implement the recommendations of the review and protect the newly identified heritage places. It is essential that Council provide clarity and certainty to the community and industry regarding the significance of heritage places.

The amendment will protect the heritage character and the urban qualities that make West Melbourne distinctive as a local neighbourhood.


What properties are affected by Amendment C258 - West Melbourne Heritage Review?

Only properties within the West Melbourne Structure Plan area are affected by this component of Amendment C258.


What is the updated Heritage Gradings System?

Refer to the information in the Heritage Policies Review of this Amendment to find out more.


Where can I find the proposed grading of my property?

The proposed grading for properties included in Amendment C258 – West Melbourne Heritage Review can be found in the proposed incorporated document, Melbourne Planning Scheme Incorporated Document Amendment C258: Heritage Places Inventory 2017 (accessible version of this document here).


Where can I find the existing grading of my property?

The existing grading of properties within a Heritage Overlay can be found in the Melbourne Planning Scheme Incorporated Document, Heritage Places Inventory, June 2016. To discuss the existing grading of your property, please contact the Planning Policy Team on (03) 9658 9658.


How will Amendment C258 - West Melbourne Heritage Review affect my property?

A Heritage Overlay on your property will mean that in most instances you will need a planning permit from Council to subdivide the land, construct a building, carry out alterations and additions, externally paint a building or erect a sign.

Council officers will need to consider the heritage significance of your property before making a decision on a planning permit application, which seeks to modify the appearance of your property.

A planning permit is not required for repairs and routine maintenance that do not change the appearance of the heritage place or for internal alterations, unless the interiors are deemed significant.