Permit policies and decision making guidelines

The Heritage Council and Heritage Victoria need to consider a variety of principles, guidelines and legislation when deciding whether to grant or refuse a permit application:

Under section 101 of the Heritage Act 2017 the Executive Director must consider:

  • how the proposal affects the cultural heritage significance of the registered place or object,
  • if a refusal would affect the reasonable or economic use of the registered place, and submissions received.

The Executive Director can’t consider change of use, car parking, or other planning issues unless the issues would result in an adverse impact upon the cultural heritage significance of the registered place.

The Burra Charter provides heritage guidance across Australia.

  • December 2013: the Heritage Council resolved to recognise and endorse the Burra Charter 2013 as a key document for guiding best-practice cultural heritage management in Victoria.
  • 7 July 2010: the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria recognised and endorsed the Burra Charter 1999 as a key document for guiding best-practice heritage management in Victoria.

The principles provide guidance for changes proposed to places on the Victorian Heritage Register.

  • July 2019: the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria, made and published the Principles (PDF, 107.9 KB) under s.19(1)(f) of the Heritage Act 2017.

1 July 2012: the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria adopted policy guidelines that allow the Executive Director to consider the findings of a Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) report when making a decision:

The Office of the Victorian Government's Design Review Panel.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage high quality design solutions for works to places and objects on the Victorian Heritage Register and give weight to the advice of the VDRP.

1 January 2011: the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria, has adopted the Technical Leaflet Access for all to Heritage Places (Heritage Council of Victoria, December 2008) as guidelines for all permits that include the provision of access to heritage places for people with disabilities applied for under s.67 of the Heritage Act 1995. 

Permit reviews

Permit Review Hearings are held by the Heritage Council Owners or custodians who are dissatisfied with a permit decision by Heritage Victoria can challenge that decision in person:

Permit decisions made in 2020

No permits with an associated question and answer sheet have been determined yet in 2020.

Permit decisions made in previous years

Permit decisions in 2019

VHR H0952 Former Coburg Railway Line, Brunswick and Coburg

VHR H0952 Former Coburg Railway Line, Brunswick and Coburg

VHR H2361 Fawkner Park, South Yarra

VHR H0126 Spurling House, Brighton

VHR H2390 Federation Square

VHR H1706 Dodgshun House, Fitzroy

VHR H0816 Former Eastern Hill Hotel, Fitzroy

Other permits


Permit decisions in 2018

VHR H0149 Residence, 11 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

VHR H0526 Robur Tea Building, Melbourne

VHR H0734 Queen Victoria Market, West Melbourne

VHR H2243 Porter Prefabricated Iron Store, Fitzroy North

VHR H1551 P28470 HM Prison Pentridge, Coburg

VHR H0902 P29083 Ballarat Railway Complex, Ballarat

VHR H2220 P28548 Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Road and Smithfield Road, Flemington

VHR0996 P28298 Christ Church Complex, 14 Acland Street St Kilda

S117 SP290 HMVS Cerberus, Half Moon Bay, Black Rock

VHR1990 P28472 Thomson River Diversion Tunnel Site, Thomson River Walhalla

VHR2377 P28546 Morwell Power Station and Briquette Factory, 412 Commercial Road, Morwell

VHR0734 P27642 Queen Victoria Market, 65-159 Victoria Street, West Melbourne

Other permits

Page last updated: 17/02/20