A heritage place is any place of historical significance that the Latrobe City Council considers appropriate to have statutory protection under the Latrobe Planning Scheme.  If your property is affected by the heritage overlay it will be listed in the schedule in the heritage overlay and identified on the planning scheme maps.

A heritage place could include an individual site, a precinct area covering many sites, buildings, structures, archaeological sites, trees, gardens, geological formations, fossils, habitual or other places of natural or cultural significance and its associated land.  A heritage place cannot be moveable or portable objects (such as machinery within a factory or furniture within a house).

How is our heritage protected?

Properties are graded using the terms significant or contributory.  There are three main levels of significance and each level has its own heritage list


Items of local significance to an area are listed in a heritage overlay (HO) provided by the Local Planning Scheme.  This ensures that the identified heritage significance of the item is taken into account when a planning permit is required.


Items of state significance are listed by the Victorian Heritage Office on its State Heritage Register.


Items of national significance are listed on the National Heritage List by the Federal Department of the Environment and Heritage.

Heritage Controls

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 Latrobe Planning Scheme and are given a reference number.  The Planning Scheme maps show this number as a cross-reference between the maps and the scheme.

Certain works in a heritage overlay may require a planning permit.  You can find out if your property is in a heritage overlay and the overlay number by creating a Planning Report at The Land Channel

Under the Heritage Overlay a planning permit is required to:

  • Subdivide 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 (refer to note below).
  • Externally paint a building if the painting constitutes an advertisement.

If you are unsure whether you need a planning permit for the work you are proposing to undertake please contact the Statutory Planning team on 1300 367 700. In October 2010, Amendment C14 introduced the Latrobe City Heritage Overlay Planning Permit Exemptions and Application Requirements Incorporated Plan into the Latrobe Planning Scheme view the plan.

The identification and listing of heritage items is an ongoing process.  The opportunity for further research and identification of potentially historically significant places and objects may be provided during the completion of a future study.

The most recent Latrobe City Heritage Study (2010) comprises three volumes which are as follows:

Latrobe City Draft Heritage Strategy

Latrobe City Council is inviting your participation in the Latrobe Heritage Strategy.

The Latrobe Heritage Strategy demonstrates Councils commitment and aspirations to heritage by providing priorities and actions to guide Councils work over the coming years.

The implementation of a Heritage Strategy will assist Council to more effectively manage and monitor heritage places within the municipality. The strategy will also help the Victorian Government and Heritage Victoria to better understand the priorities and needs of Latrobe City in relation to heritage therefore identifying opportunities for future funding and resources.

This is an opportunity to provide Council with your comments on the draft Latrobe Heritage Strategy(DOC, 154KB).

If you wish to submit a written response, please do so by close of business on 9 May 2014, attention Hayley Becker, Statutory Planner, Latrobe City Council, PO Box 264 Morwell VIC 3840. Please also note that Council would be happy to attend any committee meetings to discuss the strategy further.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact myself via email Hayley.Becker@latrobe.vic.gov.au or on telephone (03) 5128 6104.

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