Amendment C178

Amendment C178 to the Yarra Planning Scheme was approved by the the Minister for Planning and came into effect on 23 April 2015.

Amendment C178 introduced an Incorporated Plan that contains planning permit exemptions for minor works that are triggered by the Heritage Overlay. The amendment corrected errors associated with the existing Heritage Overlay schedule, mapping and Appendix 8 document.

Under the heritage overlay, a planning permit is required for:

  • Subdivision or consolidation of land
  • Demolition or removal of part or all of a building
  • Construction of a building or fence
  • Altering the outside of a building
  • Carrying out works to the property
  • Constructing or displaying a sign
  • Externally paint an unpainted surface, and if painting any external surface constitutes and advertisement.

In some cases, external paint controls, internal alteration controls and control over trees may also apply. The need for a planning permit for works under the Heritage Overlay is part of the state section of the planning scheme. 

Amendment C178 changed these requirements through introducing planning permit exemptions. The exemptions and methodology report are available below:

pdf format Incorporated Plan Permit Exemptions July 2014 (659.92 KB)

pdf format Incorporated Plan Methodology Report July 2014 (1.15 MB)

The exemptions apply to 10 different types of works, with the exemptions varying depending on the level of significance of the heritage place. The areas in which the exemptions are proposed to apply are:

  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Roofing
  • Painting
  • Modifications and alterations
  • Outbuildings
  • Pergolas, verandahs and decks
  • Fences and roller doors
  • Domestic services normal to a dwelling, utility installations and rainwater tanks
  • Domestic swimming pool and spa
  • Signage

The exemptions apply to all places (both residential and non-residential) unless otherwise stated and to individual sites and places in precincts. The exemptions do not apply to places on the Victorian Heritage Register as Heritage Victoria considers heritage matters for these places.  In some instances the exemptions do not apply to corner located properties because of the potential increased visibility of the works proposed.


Further information
David Cameron
Strategic Planner
9205 5322

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