Heritage planning and incentives
Conservation and development
All work heritage buildings and conservation areas requires prior planning approval. If the proposed work includes major changes it is likely you will have to engage a heritage consultant to provide specific advice on your proposal, and to prepare a Heritage Impact Statement.
Conservation area planning policies
To ensure development work respects and enhances the City's cultural heritage, Council has a number of policies and guidelines in place:
|Section/Policy #||Policy name|
|Section/Policy #Section 4.10||Policy nameHeritage Policy|
|Section/Policy #Section 6.6
||Policy nameKing Street Heritage Area Design Guidelines
|Section/Policy #Section 6.8||Policy nameWilliam Street Heritage Area Design Guidelines|
|Section/Policy # Section 4.6||Policy nameSigns Policy (For signage on heritage buildings)|
The City offers two heritage incentives to developments involving heritage places under the CPS2. The City may award additional plot ratio to developments, or allow the transfer of unused plot ratio from one site to another.
Bonus plot ratio
The council may award additional plot ratio to what is permitted in the scheme, in return for the protection of the cultural heritage significance of a heritage listed place.
Transfer of plot ratio
Developers can apply to transfer a portion of unused plot ratio from a place (donor site) to a receiving site (recipient site). This is only allowed where the transfer will not adversely impact on the cultural heritage and general amenity of the city. Council maintains a register of transferred plot ratio which includes details of approved donor and recipient sites.
Applicants must complete a heritage agreement as part of the transfer process, which is a legal agreement between the owner, the City of Perth and the Heritage Council of WA.
Heritage incentive policies
The heritage incentives policies outline the objectives, principles, and requirements for these provisions:
|Section / Policy #||Policy Name|
|Section / Policy #Section 4.5.1||Policy NameBonus Plot Ratio Policy|
|Section / Policy #Section 4.5.2||Policy NameTransfer Plot Ratio Policy|
Heritage grants and rates concessions
As an owner of a heritage property, there are a number of schemes, concessions and grants available to apply for financial contribution towards maintenance and preservation.
You may be eligible for a heritage grant to undertake restorative work, or development work that preserves the historic character of your property. The City is currently reviewing its Heritage Grants which may affect your planned project or timeline. Please view Heritage Grant Applications for more information.
The City acknowledges the value heritage properties bring to our community and as such, may contribute 50% to general residential rates to encourage and support owners who maintain their buildings. Concessions must be applied for on an annual basis. Visit the heritage rate concession application page, when open, for information on eligibility and requirements.
State Heritage Office grants
The State Heritage Office also offer a Heritage Grants Program to assist in covering the costs of conservation.
State Heritage Office
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage provides guidance on all aspects of heritage management and conservation in Western Australia. Here’s a list of helpful links:
ArcGIS Online is the City of Perth’s online mapping system. It is a web based collaborative platform hosted by ESRI that allows users to create, manage, store and share maps, apps and data for information about locations in the City of Perth. ArcGIS Online will only display information that is already in the public domain, including:
- aerial photography
- car parks
- City Planning Scheme
All the information is available in just one click, or by using the search and zoom tools to find the information. ArcGIS Online allows the use of different maps to display different types of information. If you are searching for information relating to a particular property, you have the ability to search for an address and information will appear instantly. New information is continually added, making it easier for you to access up-to-date information.