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Heritage Overlays

The Shambles in Newstead Victoria

What is a heritage overlay?

A Heritage Overlay is applied to any heritage place that has been formally recognised on the Victorian Heritage Register or identified in the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme.

The purpose of the heritage overlay is:

• To conserve and enhance heritage places of natural or cultural significance
• To conserve and enhance those elements which contribute to the significance of heritage places
• To ensure that development does not adversely affect the significance of heritage places
• To conserve specifically identified heritage places by allowing a use that would otherwise be prohibited if this will demonstrably assist with the conservation of the significance of the heritage place

A Heritage Overlay on a property means you must get a planning permit for all external changes, including front fences, and sometimes for painting, internal alterations and removing or pruning trees.

For further information on whether or not a permit is required see the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme or contact our Planning Services team.

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