A heritage permit is a legal document that allows certain activities to be undertaken at State significant heritage places.

It is a written document which normally contains conditions that must be met.

You need a heritage permit or a permit exemption from Heritage Victoria to change any place or object in the Victorian Heritage Register.

There may also be standing permit exemptions that apply to your heritage place.

Works that need a permit

A permit is required for any work that may harm the cultural heritage significance of a place or object. This may include:

  • Extensions, interior works, demolition or relocation of buildings and structures, changes to colour schemes and signage
  • Construction of new buildings and garden structures such as fences, decks, pathways, driveways
  • Works to registered trees and gardens which are not regular maintenance works
  • Excavation including damage or alteration to an archaeological artefact
  • Relocation or repair of objects.

Significant penalties apply if you undertake works without an approval.

Permit exemptions

If your proposed works will not harm the cultural heritage significance of the heritage place or object, you may be eligible for a permit exemption.

More information about permit exemptions. (DOC, 121.5 KB)

Apply for a permit exemption

Standing exemptions

Place-specific standing permit exemptions apply to some heritage places.

Standing exemptions may mean you don’t need prior approval from Heritage Victoria to undertake some activities.

To find out if your heritage place has standing exemptions, find your place in the Victorian Heritage Database, and look under “Additional Place Information” in the tab.

Page last updated: 19/03/20