Protecting heritage

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The Heritage Overlay

Nillumbik Shire Council uses a heritage overlay in the Nillumbik Planning Scheme to protect places of local significance. The Heritage Overlay is a special planning control that applies to particular areas or properties in Nillumbik.

The Heritage Overlay sets out the permit requirements and guidelines that Council uses to make decisions about changes to buildings and structures in heritage places. It also includes a schedule that lists all the heritage places that have been identified as locally significant in Nillumbik. 

How local places get included in the Heritage Overlay

Before a heritage place can be included in the Heritage Overlay it needs to be assessed by Council as locally significant. The assessment process generally includes:

  • engaging a qualified heritage consultant to prepare a heritage study
  • identifying and recommending heritage protection for a particular local place in the heritage study
  • providing a statement of significance for the place which identifies 'what' is important, 'why' it is important and `how' it is significant 
  • following the principles and processes set out in the Burra Charter to carry out a heritage assessment 
  • assessing the recommended local places using the Heritage Council of Victoria's critieria for inclusion.

To change what local places are included in the Heritage Overlay schedule, Council follows a legal process called a planning scheme amendment.

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Heritage listed places

Places that are significant to the history and development of Victoria (not just a local area), are protected by Heritage Victoria. These places are listed in the Victorian Heritage Register.

Anything included in the Victorian Heritage Register is protected by law. This means you:

  • need approval from Heritage Victoria to make any changes to a heritage place or object
  • must maintain and conserve your heritage place or object
  • must notify Heritage Victoria if you intend to sell

Find out if a place is heritage listed

On the Heritage Victoria website, you can enter an address to find out if a place is heritage listed.

View all heritage listed places in Nillumbik

The Victorian Heritage Database lists all places and objects of significance in the Shire of Nillumbik.

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Places with Aboriginal significance

All Aboriginal heritage in Victoria, known or otherwise, is protected by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic) and the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2018 (Vic).

It is Nillumbik Shire Council policy to:

  • provide for the identification of sites of Aboriginal cultural significance and the appropriate level of management in consultation with the local Aboriginal community
  • ensure new uses, developments and works do not impede on or detract from sites and features of Aboriginal cultural heritage and archaeological significance. (Local Planning Policy Framework, Clause 22.05)

Council has completed four studies into Aboriginal heritage. The content of the studies is not available to the public as it identifies known sites of Aboriginal heritage.

  • Ellender, I, 1989, The Plenty Valley Corridor: The Archaeological Survey of Aboriginal Sites
  • Ellender, I, 1994, The Aboriginal Heritage of the Shire of Eltham
  • Du Cros and Associates, 1996, Nillumbik Shire Council Aboriginal Heritage Study
  • Tardis Enterprises, 2006, Nillumbik Shire Heritage Review

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Previous heritage studies

Nillumbik Shire Council has previously completed the following heritage studies:

  • Gould, Megan, 1992, Shire of Whittlesea Heritage Study
  • Bick, David, 1992, Shire of Eltham Heritage Study
  • Butler, Graeme and associates, 1996, Nillumbik Shire Heritage Study Stage 1, Review, Heritage Survey and Environmental History
  • Butler, Graeme, and associates, 1997, Nillumbik Shire Heritage Study Stage 2, Significant Places
  • Butler, Graeme and associates, 2001, Nillumbik Shire Heritage Study Stage 2 Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992 Revision
  • Butler, Graeme and associates, 2006, Heritage Assessments Shire of Nillumbik C13
  • HLCD Pty Ltd, 2009, Shire of Nillumbik Heritage Gap Study Framework – a framework for the assessment of places of potential significance in the Shire of Nillumbik 

Who to contact

Planning controls differ across the Shire of Nillumbik, so it's important to get advice before making changes to your property.

To find out more about heritage protection and how it affects your property, contact:

Planning Services Unit
Tel: 9433 3343