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Municipal Heritage Inventory

Municipal Heritage Inventories (MHI) identify local heritage places and provide the basic information needed for local heritage planning to achieve consistency, strategic direction and community support.

Local Governments are required under Section 45 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 to prepare such an MHI.  The City most recently reviewed it's MHI in 2017. 

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Strategic Planning by phone 9272 0649 or via email to mail@bayswater.wa.gov.au.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out if my property is on the MHI?

The City's Online Mapping System has a Heritage Listed Locations Map.

You can search a property address to find out if it is included on the City's MHI, what classification a property is, and read the heritage document for the property. 

What does it mean if a property is on the MHI?

It is simply a list of places worthy of recognition. However, places may be selected from the MHI to be included on the City’s Scheme Heritage List. There are some limitations to development for properties on the Scheme Heritage List. 

What is the Scheme Heritage List and how is it different to the MHI?

The Scheme Heritage List is adopted under the City’s Town Planning Scheme. If a property is on the Heritage List, there may be statutory requirements applicable to that property. The City provides incentives to properties included on the Scheme Heritage List. These incentives include financial benefits and grants.

All properties which are Classified 1, 2 or 3 on the MHI are on the Scheme Heritage List. 

What is meant by classifications?

All properties in the MHI are given a classification between 1 and 5. Classification 1 has the highest heritage value and Classification 5 has the lowest.  The table below details the heritage classifications:

ClassificationLevel of SignificanceDesired Outcome
1

Exceptional Significance

Essential to the heritage of the locality. Rare or outstanding example. Recommended for inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places.

 

The place should be retained and conserved unless there is no feasible and prudent alternative to doing otherwise.

Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place, and be in accordance with a Conservation Plan (if one exists for the place).

Included on the Town Planning Scheme No 24 Heritage List
2

Considerable Significance

Very important to the heritage of the locality.

High degree of integrity/authenticity.

Conservation of the place is highly desirable.

Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place.

Included on the Town Planning Scheme No 24 Heritage List

3

Some/Moderate Significance

Contributes to the heritage of the locality. Has some altered or modified elements, not necessarily detracting from the overall significance of the item.

Conservation of the place is desirable.

Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place, and original fabric should be retained wherever feasible.

Included on the Town Planning Scheme No 24 Heritage List.
4

Little significance

Contributes to the understanding of the history of the City of Bayswater.

Photographically record prior to major development or demolition.

Recognise and interpret the site if possible.

5

Historic Site

Historic site. Recognise, for example, with a plaque, place name, or acknowledge in new urban or architectural design.

Recognise and interpret the site if possible.

Do not include on the Town Planning Scheme No 24 Heritage List.

 

Can I still build extensions to a property on the Scheme Heritage List or MHI?

Being included on the Scheme Heritage List and MHI does not prevent places from being modified. Council may grant approval for modifications or extensions to Heritage List properties, if the heritage values can be retained.

For example, you will still be able to build extensions to a residential property, construct a verandah or patio and undertake general maintenance of your property. Such developments should be sympathetic towards the existing building and will require planning approval. Internal modifications such as a bathroom or kitchen renovation may not require planning approval.

For more information on whether you can build an extension to a property please visit the Planning Approvals and Building page found in the links below.

Can I demolish my house if it is on the MHI?

Properties which are a classification 4 or 5 can be demolished without planning approval from the City, however it is requested that photographs are taken of the property prior to demolition. 

Properties classified 1, 2 or 3 may only be demolished with the approval of Council.  However, the City is unlikely to support the demolition of classification 1, 2 or 3 properties without significant justification as to why it needs to be demolished. 

What if I don't agree with the classification on my property?

If you don’t agree with your classification, contact the City for further information. The City may be able to explain the benefits of a particular classification, or discuss how to achieve your particular outcome bearing in mind the classification of your property. 

Prior to adopting the Municipal Inventory and Scheme Heritage list, Council undertook extensive consultation with all land owners. This consultation assisted the City in applying classifications to each property. 

How does a place get listed on the MHI?

The City undertook a review of the MHI in March 2017.  As a part of this review, residents were asked to nominate any properties they considered worthy of being included on the MHI.  The nominated properties were assessed by heritage consultants to determine their heritage value.  The consultants also undertook a review of all properties currently on the MHI.  Recommendations were then made as to whether a property should be included on the MHI. 

The consultants recommendation was based on the Guidelines prepared by the State Heritage Officer of Western Australian, and feedback from the City. 

Is a whole property in a MHI or only part of it?

A heritage listing applies to a whole property and may include tress.  However, if modifications are proposed to an portion of the property which is does not have heritage significance, this will be taken into consideration. 

Does the City have grants or incentives to assist owners in retaining, restoring and/or conserving their heritage listed properties?

The City has introduced incentives to assist owners of properties included on the City’s Heritage List. 

These incentives include: 

  • Waiving of Planning and Building Fees
  • Flexible application of Statutory Requirements
  • Heritage Awards
  • Heritage Grants. 

For more information on the incentives, please visit the Heritage Incentives page below. 

Are there any other types of heritage classifications?

There are a few different types of heritage lists within Australia. 

At a Federal Government level, the Australian Heritage Commission maintains the Register of the National Estate. The National Trust of Australia (WA) has a list of classified places and while this classification has no legal implications, it may carry a moral influence. 

At a State government level, the Heritage Council of WA maintains the State Register of Heritage Places. The State Register is a list of places that warrant the highest level of protection under the Heritage Act. The City of Bayswater has 10 properties on the State Register of Heritage Places: 

  • Albany Bell Castle 
  • Albany Bell Hatchery 
  • Halliday House 
  • Former Maylands Aerodrome 
  • Maylands Brickworks 
  • Maylands Parcel Office 
  • Maylands Primary School
  • Peninsula Hotel 
  • Royal WA Institute for the Blind (former) 
  • Tranby House.
What is the difference between a Character Protection Area and being on the MHI?

Character Protection Areas (CPAs) are areas which have been identified as having a large number of character homes and high amenity.  Not all properties included in the CPAs are heritage listed, and while they have character, they may not have heritage significance. 

Properties on the MHI have all been identified as having heritage significance. 

For more information on the CPAs please visit the Character Protection Areas page below.

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