Assistance to owners of heritage


In recognition of the efforts of heritage place owners, Mornington Peninsula Shire offers a number of forms of financial and practical assistance.

To be eligible for assistance, properties must be protected by the Heritage Overlay in the local planning scheme, either individually or as a contributory element of a heritage precinct.

To check if a property is protected by the Heritage Overlay refer to Clause 43.01 Schedule to the Heritage Overlay and the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Maps.

2.Heritage grants

Mornington Peninsula Shire funds a small grants program each year, to assist owners of heritage places to carry out heritage conservation projects.

Heritage grant applications are generally open during October 2.  The actual dates are advertised in local newspapers each year.. Please follow this link to apply https//

3.Rate rebate for heritage places

A simple Application form is required. The heritage place then receives an automatic rate reduction every year. Currently the reduction is a minimum of $100 for individually listed places, and $50 for a contributory place within a precinct. The actual amount is calculated according to a property valuation formula.

For further information please visit our Rates Calculations section.

4.Free conservation advice from a qualified heritage architect

Council’s heritage architect is available to give advice on heritage conservation and technical issues, and to provide preliminary design advice to those planning alteration and additions etc. The advisor does not prepare building plans. The current heritage planner is also a qualified architect with many years of experience advising heritage place owners on the management of their properties.

  • To arrange an appointment with a heritage advisor or heritage planner, please contact the Strategic Planning Team on 5950 1928. 

5.Annual recognition through the heritage awards program

Each year the National Trust gives, with Council support,  awards to owners,  trades people and designers who have completed worthy conservation projects. Commemorative plaques and certificates are presented at an awards ceremony.

For information on the heritage awards, please contact the National Trust.


Under the heritage controls in the Planning Scheme a planning permit is required for the demolition of a listed heritage place and a building permit under the Building Act cannot be issued by a private building surveyor until any required planning permit has been issued.

Section 29A of the Building Act requires the issue of a ‘Report and Consent’ from the Council where demolition or significant façade changes are proposed and consent will be refused where any required planning permit has not been obtained. In other circumstances, a building of heritage potential could be under consideration for heritage listing and, again, Council refusal could be expected. The Minister for Planning has the power to hold the demolition process until heritage issues have been resolved. The great majority of buildings have no heritage value or potential and thus there is normally no delay in the issue of the Shire’s ‘Report and Consent’.

Download Demolition - Report and Consent Application Form(DOC, 128KB)

7.Contact Details

For further information on any of the above assistance, please contact the Strategic Planning Team on: 5950 1928 or email