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Heritage

Bayside is home to a diverse range of neighbourhoods and housing types, some of which are included in a heritage overlay.

The heritage overlay applies the State Government’s policies and reflects our objectives to protect historically significant buildings, precincts, trees, structures and places.

Is my property in a heritage overlay?

You can see if your home is within a heritage overlay by searching on the Planning Schemes Online website.

What happens if my property is in a heritage overlay?

If your property is covered by a heritage overlay and you are planning to undertake improvements or works there may be additional requirements to consider before proceeding.

Speak to us first to get the right information about what permits you may require and help avoid unnecessary delays or surprises.

Can I demolish my property if it is in a heritage overlay?

If your building contributes to the heritage of an area, we will evaluate the neighbourhood significance and advise if a permit can be issued through the planning permit application process. An appeal process is available if you do not agree with our decision.

Can I build a new front fence in a heritage overlay?

A permit would be required and the fence would need to comply with the individual area heritage guidelines.

Can I paint my property in a heritage overlay?

In designated heritage precincts, a permit would not be required to paint previously painted surfaces. A small number of properties may have controls requiring a permit for painting but this is dependent upon the characteristics of the particular property.

Speak to us first to get the right information.

Can I make changes or alterations to the inside of a building in a heritage overlay?

A permit is not required for internal alterations unless it is one of very few properties that are specifically nominated in the Bayside Planning Scheme. These properties require a permit for internal works.

Speak to us first to get the right information.

Do I need a permit for external alterations in a heritage overlay?

Yes. External alterations to visible elements of heritage buildings are considered in terms of the impact on the building and precinct. Extensions to the rear of a building may be considered to have a lower level of visible impact.

Speak to us first to get the right information.

How can I find out more information?

More information about heritage overlays can be found on the Planning Schemes Online website or you can speak to us.