Heritage Overlay

Within the Oakleigh area, whose township is one of the oldest in Melbourne, Council has identified six precincts as worthy of consideration for heritage protection through including a Heritage Overlay in the Monash Planning Scheme.

What Council has tried to achieve through the Heritage Overlay is the preservation of the unique character of these precincts or neighbourhoods for the broader community living within them. With this Overlay you are still be able to extend, alter and refurbish your home after gaining a town planning permit.

No permit is required to plant and remove trees, paint interiors and exteriors in any colour or combination of colours you wish or carry out other routine maintenance around your home. Dual occupancy is also permitted if the normal planning requirements are met and the character of the heritage precinct is not adversely affected by the development.

The main change resulting from the Heritage Overlay is that all building demolitions need a planning permit from Council. In determining whether to issue the permit, Council will consider the impact on the surrounding neighbourhood of both the removal of the house and the proposed replacement building/s. Proposed developments that are not in keeping with the precinct's character are unlikely to be approved.

For a visual representation of Heritage Overlay (HO) in this region, please see the City of Monash Interactive Maps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Council have a heritage control?

To conserve the unique character of areas of historical, architectural or cultural significance for the broader community and future generations.

What does a heritage control mean?

It means that a town planning permit is needed for the removal or demolition of a building or part of a building. A town planning permit is needed for major works such as extensions and alterations to your home.

Does this mean I can't do anything with my property?

No, you are still be able to carry out normal maintenance of your property, such as painting and repairs and the planting and removal of trees without the need for a permit.

What does a town planning permit cost?

Application fees vary depending on cost of works.
See the following page: Planning Permit, or contact Council's  Planning department.

Will I be able to subdivide my property for dual occupancy if I am located within a heritage precinct ?

Yes, as long as normal planning requirements are met and the character of the heritage precinct is not adversely affected by the development.

What if my house is too expensive to restore and I want to replace it with a new building ? Will I be prevented from doing so under the heritage controls?

If Council receives an application for the demolition of a property in a heritage precinct, Council will consider the impact on the surrounding neighbourhood of both the removal of the house and the proposed replacement building/s. Proposed developments that are not in keeping with the precinct's character are unlikely to be approved.

How will heritage controls affect the value of my property?

Generally speaking, heritage properties become more valuable to home owners wishing to reside in their current home. These properties are likely to be less attractive for people wanting to demolish an existing house and develop the site.

When do the controls take effect?

The Heritage Overlay took effect on 16 November 2000.

For further information please call Customer Service 9518 3555.

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Last updated: 20 February 2016