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The Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study (MWHGS) is a proactive work program to identify and protect valued heritage properties and precincts through inclusion of properties in the Heritage Overlay.

Council’s decision to appoint the consultants can be found here.

The study has two components; a street-by-street assessment of properties not currently included in the Heritage Overlay; and implementation of heritage controls to properties recommended for heritage protection by the assessment.

The Heritage Overlay is the mechanism which allows Council to protect heritage places of local significance. Inclusion of properties and precincts in the Heritage Overlay triggers planning permit requirements for demolition, alterations and additions, and new buildings.

The MWHGS is informed by the priorities set out in the Heritage Action Plan 2016 which was adopted by Council on 2 May 2016. The Heritage Action Plan 2016 sets out Council’s forward work program for heritage matters. A link to the adopted Heritage Action Plan 2016 can be found here.


Canterbury, Camberwell, Kew and Hawthorn were the first four suburbs to be assessed during 2016/2017.

Hawthorn East and Kew East and Mont Albert, were assessed during 2017/2018.

Glen Iris and Ashburton were assessed in 2018/2019.

Current status

Council is progressing the individual suburb assessments in accordance with the above priorities. The current status of each suburb assessment will be updated progressively. A link to a specific suburb web page will be activated and updated as the assessments progress.

How can I get involved?

As part of the draft suburb assessments, Council will carry out preliminary consultation with each study area including any affected property owners and occupiers of land nominated for inclusion in a Heritage Overlay. Local historical societies and other stakeholders will also be notified of the Study.

Further opportunities will be provided to give feedback as Council progresses the introduction of heritage controls to properties identified in the Study. Affected property owners and occupiers, stakeholders and anyone who has provided feedback on the Study as it is being progressed will be invited (in writing) to give feedback to Council  at various stages in the process should they wish to voice their support or objection  to the project.

Contact us

For more information contact the Strategic Planning Department

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