What is heritage?
In August 1979, the Burra Charter was adopted by the Australian National Committee of International Committee of Monuments and Sites. This charter provides guidance for the identification, conservation and management of places with cultural heritage significance.
A heritage place can be a site, area, land, landscape, building(s) or other work, memorials, trees, gardens, parks, places of historical events, urban areas, towns, industrial places, archaeological sites and spiritual and religious places. Cultural heritage significance means a place with aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual value for past, present or future generations.
Council has a strong commitment to protect and enhance the rich historical fabric of the City which forms an important part of the identity of Moreland.
See if a place has heritage protection
Enter an address to check if a place:
- is already included in the Moreland Heritage Overlay as part of the Moreland Planning Scheme
- is on a list for further detailed assessment by a heritage consultant, or
- has been assessed in the past and has not been included in the Moreland Heritage Overlay.
The Moreland Planning Scheme Online also lists all individually listed heritage sites and all properties in a heritage precinct overlay.
Identifying heritage places in Moreland
All municipalities contain heritage places. Local councils have a role to play in identifying and protecting places of heritage significance. Most local heritage places are identified through a municipal heritage study, carried out by an experienced heritage consultant. During the initial stages of the study, the community and local historical societies are encouraged to nominate sites and places of potential heritage significance. A nominated place then undergoes a heritage assessment to determine if it is of local or State significance and therefore warrants statutory heritage protection.
Heritage assessments are carried out by qualified and experienced professionals in accordance with the principles of the Burra Charter. Assessment reports (citations) include a statement of significance that identifies the what, how and why of heritage protection.
Sometimes new heritage sites are identified in Moreland. After public consultation, the Moreland Planning Scheme may be amended to include and protect new heritage sites. Contact Council to suggest a new heritage place: ask for the Strategic Planning Unit.
Protection of heritage places through heritage overlays in the Moreland Planning Scheme
Local heritage places are protected in the Moreland Planning Scheme through heritage overlays, which require a planning permit to alter a heritage place.
A heritage overlay conserves and enhances heritage. An overlay shows how your land can be used and developed. All heritage overlays are recorded in the Moreland Planning Scheme. Importantly, the heritage overlay does not preclude development; it simply makes sure that any new works do not adversely affect the heritage significance of the place. Heritage sites are protected in one of two ways:
Heritage overlays applied to an individual site, building or object
Individual heritage overlays can have controls that require you to get a planning permit to make changes inside a building, paint a building and to remove, destroy, prune or lop a tree on the site. A place with its own heritage overlay is an important heritage site. Examples in Moreland are the Pentridge Prison Complex, Wiseman House, Glenroy, and Hoffman’s Brick and Pottery Works, Brunswick.
Heritage overlay applied to a broader precinct area
Most heritage sites do not have their own individual heritage overlay. Instead they are identified and protected within a heritage overlay control that applies over a wider precinct area that may include all the houses in a street or group of streets.
A heritage precinct overlay can also include places with no heritage value. These places have a heritage overlay so that new development does not have a negative impact on the heritage significance of the whole area. Examples of some heritage precincts in Moreland are Barkly Street, Brunswick East, Newlands Estate Precinct, Coburg, and Turner Street Precinct, Pascoe Vale.
Developing a property which has a heritage overlay
A heritage overlay on a property means you must get a planning permit for all external changes, including front fences and sometimes for painting, internal alterations and removing or pruning trees. You need a planning permit for whole or partial demolition of any building or structure, including fences, sheds, garages out buildings.
Applying for a planning permit in a heritage overlay
- Contact Council and ask about the type and extent of heritage controls on the property. Council may talk to you about other planning issues too.
- Arrange a pre-application meeting with an Urban Planner and Heritage Advisor from Council. More than one meeting may be needed.
- Ask for copies of Council's checklists for applying for a planning permit.
- Submit a planning permit application
Council has guidelines to assist in altering or changing houses in heritage areas:
- Alterations and Additions to Detached Houses in Heritage Areas guidelines (DOC 5Mb)
- Fences in Heritage Areas guidelines (DOC 6Mb)
- Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, heritage section, has information about heritage places and what heritage listing means for landowners.
How to obtain more information about a heritage listed property
If your property is located within a heritage overlay and you would like more information about the significance of the property, see the Victorian Heritage Database.
The Victorian Heritage Database, managed by Heritage Victoria, is an online database containing information about Victorian Heritage Places and Precincts including statements of significance, physical descriptions, historical information, builder, architectural style, photographs, and heritage overlay number.
Moreland heritage studies
Council's heritage studies record the heritage significance of the heritage precincts as well as individual places. You can also ask to see Council's heritage studies at the Moreland Civic Centre.
City of Moreland studies
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Thematic History (Volume 1), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, April 1998 (Revised January 1999) (PDF 1Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Building Citations Datasheets A-K (Volume 2, Part 1), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, April 1998 (Revised January 1999) (PDF 4Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Building Citations Datasheets L-Z (Volume 2, Part 2), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, April 1998 (Revised January 1999) (PDF 4Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Heritage Overlay Precincts (Volume 3), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, April 1998 (Revised January 1999) (PDF 3Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Heritage Overlay Guide (Volume 4), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, January 1999 (PDF 230Kb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Landscape Citations (Volume 5), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, January 1999 (PDF 1Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Additional Heritage Overlay Precincts, Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, September 2001 (PDF 10Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Additional Building Citations, Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, October 2001 (DOC 12Mb)
- Moreland Local Heritage Places Review, Author: Context P/L, November 2004 (amended April 2008) (DOC 2Mb)
- North of Bell Street Heritage Study - Volume 1 (PDF 5Mb)
- North of Bell Street Heritage Study - Volume 2 (PDF 7Mb)
- Gallipoli Parade Heritage Precinct and Beaufort Houses - Review of Heritage Significance (PDF 4Mb)
- Lygon Street Heritage Study (PDF 2Mb)
Former City of Coburg studies
- City of Coburg Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Guidelines for Public Works in Heritage Conservation Areas, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, March 1991 (PDF 2Mb)
- City of Coburg Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Volume 3 - Data Sheets, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, October 1990 (PDF 4Mb)
- City of Coburg Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Extract, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, March 1991 (PDF 1Mb)
- City of Coburg - Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Building Guidelines, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, March 1991 (PDF 537Kb)
- Further Conservation Areas Report (supplementary Volume to City of Coburg Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study), Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, May 1995 (PDF 2Mb)
- City of Coburg - Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Volume One - Text, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, October 1990 (PDF 17Mb)
- City of Coburg - Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Volume Two - Data sheets, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, October 1990 (PDF 13Mb)
Former City of Brunswick studies
- Upfield Railway Heritage Study, Author: Andrew C Ward and Associates, May 1990 (PDF 1Mb)
- Keeping Brunswicks Heritage (Volume 1), Author: Context P/L, 1990 (PDF 2Mb)
- Keeping Brunswicks Heritage (Volume 2), Author: Context P/L, 1990 (PDF 11Mb)
- Keeping Brunswicks Heritage (Volume 3), Author: Context P/L, 1990 (PDF 3Mb)
- Brunswick Maps of Heritage Areas, Author: City of Brunswick, 1988 (PDF 1Mb)
- City of Moreland Thematic History (PDF 9Mb)
- City of Moreland Thematic History (DOC 24Mb)
- What house is that? by Heritage Council of Victoria, featuring interviews with architects, historians and residents, and a social history of Victoria's housing and the development of our suburbs.
- Northern Suburbs Factory Study Part 1 (PDF 9Mb)
- Northern Suburbs Factory Study Part 2 (PDF 5Mb)
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