Nomination for Inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this application if you intend to nominate a place or object for inclusion in the Heritage Register. When making a nomination to the Register, you should consider carefully whether the place or object has special cultural heritage significance to the State of Victoria, as there are certain criteria that an object or place must meet to be included in the Register.

Places or objects that are registered are legally protected.

Heritage places and objects are places that contribute to the history of Victoria and may include:

  • buildings
  • furniture
  • moveable objects
  • gardens
  • structures
  • trees
  • remains or parts of a ship
  • archaeological sites
  • historic precincts
  • historic objects associated with a place
  • archaeological relics associated with a site
  • shipwreck relics
  • protected zones.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

In order to be eligible for inclusion in the Heritage Register, the place or object must:

  • have special cultural significance to the state of Victoria as a whole
  • not be solely of environmental or natural significance
  • not be solely of Aboriginal significance.

A nomination may not be accepted by the Heritage Council when there has been a refusal or revocation of registration in the preceding 12 months.

To nominate a place or object for inclusion in the Heritage Register you must:

  • make the nomination in writing to the Executive Director of the Heritage Council in the approved manner
  • specify the reasons why the place or object warrants inclusion in the Heritage Register
  • include reasons based on the assessment criteria published by the Heritage Council.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

Owners will require a heritage permit or a permit exemption if they intend to make any changes to the registered place or object.

Upon acceptance to the Heritage Register anyone may apply to the Agency for a Heritage Certificate to ascertain the heritage status of your place or object.



There are no fees associated with the nomination process.



Please lodge your application, and any associated documents directly with the Agency. You will need to attach:

  • Photographs or slides or electronic images that will assist the Agency in determining a place or location's cultural significance;
  • An annotated diagram or plan that shows exactly what you are nominating;
  • Certificate of Title;
  • Background information about the object or place;
  • Assessment against the prescribed criteria;
  • Statement of cultural heritage significance (no longer than one A4 page); and
  • Any other required information.

Additional information

The Heritage Council decodes whether places and objects are included on the Victorian Heritage Register based on recommendations from the Executive Director of the Heritage Council. All recommendations of the Executive Director are published in metropolitan daily newspapers. Anyone can make a submission to the Heritage Council within 60 days of the Executive Director's recommendations being published. The Heritage Council may also hold a hearing into the matter. After considering the Executive Director's recommendations, any submissions and any hearing held, the Heritage Council applies its assessment criteria to determine whether a place or object is of state-wide cultural heritage significance and should be included on the Heritage Register.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Heritage Victoria

Act(s) name

Heritage Act 1995 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Heritage Victoria


03 9208 6894


03 9412 4998

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