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:

Recent permit decisions


VHR H0952 Upfield Railway Line Precinct, Coburg

VHR H2361 Fawkner Park, South Yarra

VHR H0126 Spurling House, Brighton

PROV H2390 Federation Square 

H1706 Dodgshun House, Fitzroy

H0816 Former Eastern Hill Hotel, Fitzroy

Other permits

VHR H0435- Job Warehouse (Or Crossleys Building), 54-62 Bourke Street, Melbourne- P30284 (PDF, 2.8 MB) Issued 10 September 2019

VHR H2165 - Former Wertheim, Piano Factory (GTV 9 Studios), 22-50 Bendigo Street, Richmond - P31063 (PDF, 1.3 MB) Issued 2 September 2019

VHR H1508 - 1888 Building, Former Melbourne Teachers College, The University of Melbourne - P30576 (PDF, 2.0 MB) Issued 2 September 2019

VHR H2369 - The Brighton Bathing Boxes and Dendy Street Beach - P30803 (PDF, 2.9 MB) Issued 16 August 2019

VHR H2030- Point Nepean Defence and Quarantine Precinct, 3875 Point Nepean Road, Portsea- P28387 (PDF, 1.3 MB) Issued 9 July 2019

VHR H0770 - Former Royal Mint, Melbourne- P30670 (PDF, 1.1 MB) Issued 14 June 2019

VHR H1638- Primary School No. 1181- 2-38 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park- P30521 (PDF, 1.5 MB) Issued 14 June 2019

VHR H0394- Former College Church, 149 Royal Parade, Parkville- P26858 (PDF, 2.8 MB) Issued 13 June 2019

VHR H0813 - Rochester Terrace, 33-51 St Vincent Place, Albert Park - P28848 (PDF, 2.5 MB), Issued 2 April 2019

VHR H1259 - Blowholes Gold Diversion Tunnel, Hepburn - P28665 (PDF, 1.1 MB), Issued 29 March 2019

VHR H2264 - Former Commonwealth Bank, 219-225 Bourke Street, Melbourne - P30198 (PDF, 1.5 MB), Issued 25 March 2019

VHR H1002 - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind - P29877 (PDF, 1.7 MB), Issued 21 March 2019

VHR H0457 - Former Safe Deposit Building - P29709 (PDF, 1.9 MB), Issued 21 March 2019

VHR H0034 - ANZ Bank, 376-390 Collins Street, Melbourne - P29660 (PDF, 2.7 MB), Issued 15 March 2019

VHR H1501 - Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (World Heritage Place) (PDF, 1.3 MB) - P29375 (for works to facilitate Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show).

VHR H1543 -  Police Station, 334-344 Drummond Street Carlton - P29898 (PDF, 1.8 MB), Issued 28 February 2019

VHR H2380  - Former Clifton Motor Garage - P28936 (PDF, 2.5 MB), Issued 15 February 2019

VHR H1954 - Mercy Hospital, 145-161 Grey Street, East Melbourne - P28340 (PDF, 1.3 MB), Issued 15 February 2019

VHR H2306 - Former Melford Motors - P29772  (PDF, 1.8 MB), Issued 11 February 2019

VHR H0223 - Hazelwood Terrace - P29796 (PDF, 2.1 MB), Issued 29 January 2019

VHR H2040 - Bairnsdale Pumping Station - P30061 (PDF, 1.6 MB), Issued 22 January 2019

VHR H0676 - Mandeville Hall - P29386 (PDF, 1.4 MB), Issued 16 January 2019

VHR H1896 - Continental Hotel, Sorrento - P30017 (PDF, 1.2 MB), Issued 15 January 2019

VHR H0716 - Montsalvat, Eltham - P25117, Issued 7 January 2019


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




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