Assistance to owners of heritage

1. Overview

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.

Further information on the Mornington Peninsula Shire policy on protecting heritage properties and supporting the owners of heritage properties can be found at Heritage-Places-Policy.pdf(PDF, 110KB)

2. Heritage grants

Mornington Peninsula Heritage grants application process is now open

Mornington Peninsula Shire funds a small grants program each year, to assist owners of heritage places to carry out heritage conservation projects undertaken to appropriate heritage standards.  Individual grants usually range from $1,000 to $2,500 but exceptions to this range may be made in special circumstances.  Council makes the grants on a contributory basis; generally, any grant will not exceed 50 per cent of the total value of any works. Eligible properties are those covered by an individual Heritage Overlay, or that are significant or contributory to heritage precincts, under the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.

Heritage grant applications for  this financial year will be open until 24 December 2018. You need to be sure that the works will be finished by 30 May 2019 so that the grants can be paid by 30 June 2019 (allocated funds will not be carried through to the following financial year).

For further details and to apply online refer to Heritage Grants

For free advice on conservation methods, or for any other questions regarding the grants scheme, contact the Shire’s Heritage and Strategy Planners by:

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. Heritage Advice from Council's Heritage Planner

Council’s Heritage Planner is available to provide preliminary heritage and design advice for planning alterations and additions.  The planner does not prepare building plans but can provide information on the heritage significance of a property and the important aspects of the property or precinct that need to be protected.   

To arrange an appointment with a Heritage Planner, please contact the Heritage and Strategy team on 5950 1953. 

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.

Awards for Heritage projects

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

6. Mornington Thematic History

Heritage Study Review

7. Contact Details

For further information on any of the above assistance, please contact the Heritage and Strategy Team:

Ana Borovic on 5950 1953 (Monday, Tuesday and Friday)

Anne Grogan on 5950 1249 (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)

or email