We recently completed the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review, the first comprehensive review of heritage buildings in the central city since the 1990s. The independent review took a holistic view of more than 1000 buildings, carefully considering Aboriginal, colonial, contemporary, community, tangible and intangible heritage values.
Based on our findings, we are seeking heritage protection for 137 properties and five precincts through Amendment C387. The properties include 55 places that represent the best of our city’s post-war residential and commercial architecture and tell the story of Melbourne’s evolution from 1945 to 1975.
Amendment C387 was open for exhibition between 5 November and 17 December. All the details are on the exhibition engagement activities page below. You can also learn more about Amendment C387 in the amendment overview. An independent Panel considered submissions to Amendment C387. The Panel hearing began on 23 August and was completed on 20 September 2021. The Panel’s report (PDF 3.5MB) was delivered in November 2021.
It was approved by the Minister for Planning, and notice of approval of Amendment C387 was published in the Government Gazette on 9 September 2022.
The interactive map provides details of the places and precincts to be included in Heritage Overlays under Amendment C387. Simply type the address you are interested in within the search box, or zoom in to the property and select it to open a pop-up box. In this box will be a photo of the property, a summary of what is proposed and a link to the property’s citation.
Hoddle Grid Heritage Review
Volumes 1 and 2 of the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review relate to built heritage (buildings, laneways and precincts) and contain the recommendations implemented by Amendment C386 and C387.
- Volume 1 outlines the methodology and recommendations of the Review.
- Volume 2 contains the citations for each place or precinct recommended for protection comprising:
- Volume 2a - Precincts, pre-1945 places and revisions to existing individual Heritage Overlays
- Volume 2b - Post-war Thematic Environmental History and postwar places
You can find out more by reading the Review and the exhibition documentation for Amendment C387 in the document library.The City of Melbourne has also completed a review of Aboriginal history as it relates to the Hoddle Grid. This was undertaken by independent heritage consultants working with Traditional Owner Groups and makes up volumes 3, 4 and 5 of the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review. These volumes of the Review were considered and endorsed at the 2 April 2019 Future Melbourne Committee meeting.
Amendment C387 implements the recommendations of the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review on a permanent basis. It proposes that 137 individual places and five precincts be protected within heritage overlays.
Amendment C386 implements the recommendations of the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review on an interim basis and was approved by the Minister for Planning on 1 October 2020. A list of all places identified within the Review that are included within interim heritage overlays is here.
The exhibition documents for Amendment C387 (Permanent Controls) are provided within the document library. The exhibition documents include:
- Explanatory report
- Proposed changes to the planning scheme
- Planning scheme maps
- Incorporated documents to the planning scheme (including individual Statements of Significance for each place and precinct)
- Reference documents to the Melbourne Planning Scheme (including the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review).
The interactive map provides details of the places and precincts to be included in Heritage Overlays under Amendment C387.
Alternatively, two maps are provided showing the location of the proposed heritage overlays:
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.
Heritage Places within the Capital City Zone Policy
Schedule to Heritage Overlay
Schedule to Documents Incorporated in this Planning Scheme
Precinct Heritage Overlay maps 8HO1
Individual Heritage Overlay maps 8HO2
Individual Heritage Overlay map 8HO
Statements of significance
Hoddle Grid Heritage Review
Guildford and Hardware Laneways Heritage Study
City of Melbourne submissions
- What is a Planning Scheme?
A planning scheme is a legal document that sets out planning policies, zones, overlays and other rules affecting how land can be used and developed in the municipality. It sets out what we can and cannot do on different areas of land in the city; for example, whether the land can be used for housing or a shop or business, what the height of a building should be, and how much open space should be provided.
- What is a Planning Scheme Amendment?
As our city grows and changes, planning controls may be changed or updated to reflect the new circumstances. A change to the planning scheme is known as an amendment.
The process for an amendment is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The amendment process has a number of steps.
- What is the Hoddle Grid?
The Hoddle Grid is the area of the Melbourne Central Business District generally bound by Spring Street to the east, the Yarra River to the south, Wurundjeri Way to the west, and La Trobe, A’Beckett and Victoria Streets to the north.
- What is the Heritage Overlay?
The Heritage Overlay identifies places which are of heritage importance. The overlay seeks to conserve and enhance places of natural and cultural significance, and ensure that new development does not adversely affect the significance of the heritage place.
Under the Heritage Overlay, a planning permit is required from Council to:
- Demolish or remove a building (including part of a building)
- Construct a building (including part of a building)
- Externally alter a building
- Construct or carry out works
- Construct or display a sign
- Externally paint an unpainted surface
- Externally paint a building if the painting constitutes an advertisement.
A permit is not required for internal works or internal painting, unless the interiors are deemed significant.