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Heritage places

Our region has a number of heritage places.

The Victorian heritage database contains information about heritage places and precincts within the City of Greater Geelong. It includes statements of significance, physical descriptions, historical information, photographs and heritage overlay numbers.

It also includes properties that may not have significance but are situated in a heritage precinct (and are therefore subject to heritage overlay provisions).

The information in the database is from a range of heritage studies and is provided as a guide only.


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What is a heritage place?

Moorabool Street looking north from Ryrie Street, c.1916.  Source: Geelong Heritage Centre, photo 0765

A heritage place:

  • is an individual site that has heritage value - these types of heritage places can be a building, bridge, cultural landscape (such as: Botanic garden, park, avenue of honour, ruin, monument or cemetery)

  • can also be a heritage precinc

  • is an area that contains a group of buildings, landscapes, etc., such as a historical town, suburb, smaller residential area or large complex site.

Heritage Precincts are often characterised by historical urban layouts, houses designs, views, landscapes and other features.


What does heritage significance mean?

Heritage significance is the value of values that establishes the importance of a place, as prescribed in the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter (November 1999). There are five applicable heritage values that may contribute to the significance of a place. These are:

  1. aesthetic/architectural value

  2. historical value

  3. scientific value

  4. social value

  5. spiritual value.


Levels of significance

Levels of significance also help to establish the importance of a place, and therefore its status in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme. Applicable levels of significance are:

  • A level (State significance): most places of state significance are identified in the Victorian Heritage Register as part of the Victorian Heritage Act, administered by Heritage Victoria. Heritage permits are required from Heritage Victoria for all buildings and works (including advertising signs) and subdivision.

  • B Level (Regional significance): places of regional significance are included as heritage overlays in the Greater Geelong planning scheme, requiring planning permits for change.

  • C level (Local significance): places of local significance are included as heritage overlays in the Greater Geelong planning scheme, requiring planning permits for change.

  • D level (Contributory significance): places of contributory significance are included within heritage overlays in heritage precincts identified in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme. Any external buildings and works require a planning permit.

  • No level (No significance): places that have no significance that are situated with heritage precincts also require a planning permit for external buildings and works because of their location in an important heritage area.


What is a heritage overlay?

Original Post Office, corner Ryrie and Gheringhap Streets, with the early portion of the Geelong Town Hall in the background, c.1860.  Source: Geelong Heritage Centre, photo 1231-2

The heritage overlay is a mapped area (with corresponding number) in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme that shows the location and extent of heritage controls over a particular heritage place.

The heritage overlay provisions are set out at Clause 43.01 in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme. The Schedule to the Heritage Overlay lists individual properties and precincts affected by the Heritage Overlay and any additional controls that may apply to each particular site. Some individual places of regional and local significance may not have their own heritage overlay number if they are located within heritage precincts.

The schedule to the heritage overlay identifies heritage places with heritage overlay numbers, addresses and other controls specific to the place. These other controls may be:

  • External paint controls.

  • Internal alteration controls.

  • Tree controls.

  • Outbuildings of fences of note.

  • Inclusion of the place in the Victorian Heritage Register.

  • Whether prohibited uses may be permitted.

  • Applicable incorporated plan that may provide other controls over the place.

  • Whether the site is an Aboriginal heritage place.


Heritage and the City of Greater Geelong planning scheme

Geelong Town Hall, c.1920s.  Source: L. Huddle collection

For further details on the heritage policies and guidelines in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme, please visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Further information about understanding heritage styles, making additions to a heritage place, constructing a new front fence or building a new house in a heritage precinct is given in our Heritage and Design Guidelines 1997.



Page last updated: Thursday, 20 April 2017
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