Planning Services works to protect the heritage significance of a place by ensuring that any proposed change is appropriate to the significance, character and appearance of the heritage place.
We can help you to understand:
- If your land is affected by a heritage overlay
- If you need a planning permit under the heritage overlay
- How you can get heritage advice
How to find out if your property is in a heritage area
You can find out if your property is in a Heritage Overlay and the overlay number by creating a free Planning Property Report.
What is a heritage overlay?
A heritage overlay shows that a place or area has heritage values and helps to protect and conserve important heritage elements. The heritage overlay is standard across Victoria.
All heritage places are listed at the Schedule to Clause 43.01 Heritage Overlay within the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme and are given a overlay reference number. Listing these places on statutory heritage registers provides a legal framework for managing the approval of major changes so that heritage significance is retained and not diminished.
Heritage places are identified through Heritage Studies and are graded using the terms significant or contributory.
Do you need a planning permit for work in the Heritage Overlay?
A planning permit is usually required to construct a building or to undertake works in a Heritage Overlay. This is to ensure that heritage values will be considered.
Under the heritage overlay a planning permit is generally required to:
- Subdivide or consolidate land
- Demolish or remove a building (including part of a building)
- Construct a building (including part of a building, or a fence)
- Externally alter a building
- Construct or carry out works
- Construct or display a sign
- Externally paint an unpainted surface
It’s important to note that most places in the Heritage Overlay are subject to the Greater Bendigo Heritage Permit Exemptions Incorporated Plan, which exempts many minor works such as swimming pools, fences, additions and alterations from the need to obtain a planning permit if they meet specific conditions.
Heritage advice and guidelines
The Design Guidelines can help you identify what era of dwelling your house is and has detailed guidelines on how to plan your proposed works.
Applying for a planning permit
For works on properties of heritage significance, we recommend that you contact the Heritage Advisor to discuss your proposal prior to lodging a planning permit application with Council. To find out what information needs to be submitted with a planning permit application, go to planning permits.
What if I want to demolish a dwelling/building?
If you are considering demolition of an older dwelling or building for development purposes, the demolition component must be considered first by our Heritage team to ascertain if the dwelling/building has any heritage significance.
The Heritage team will provide written advice on the demolition component. If ‘in principle’ support for the demolition is given, the planner is then in a position to provide accurate advice on the proposed development.
For more information about heritage and planning or to talk to our heritage advisor please contact us on 03 5434 6355
Pioneers, Poppetheads & Prosperity
The booklet Pioneers, Poppetheads & Prosperity has been produced to help you discover Bendigo's rich heritage.
It includes a snapshot of Bendigo's history, with help and advice on the Council services available to owners of heritage homes, and places you can visit in the city or in the forest to explore the wonderful heritage of where you live.