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Creating Incentives for Owners

Heritage Awards

Heritage awards can serve to promote the benefits of heritage conservation in a local area, provide ‘good news stories’, promote good practice, and support owners who lead the way in conserving their own properties.

A number of local governments in WA offer such awards. Examples are listed below, including in some cases details of the projects that have received awards in the past.

Local Government Area  Award details 
 Bunbury, City of  Heritage Awards Guidelines
 Claremont, Town of  Civic Design Awards 
 Fremantle, City of  Conservation of Heritage Awards
 Gosnells, City of  History and Heritage Awards
 Irwin, Shire of  Heritage Awards
 Kalgoorlie-Boulder, City of  Heritage Awards
 Perth, City of  History Awards
 Perth, City of  Heritage Awards
 Stirling, City of  Heritage Awards
 Subiaco, City of  Heritage Conservation and Urban Design Awards
 Vincent, City of  Building Design and Conservation Awards


Incentives in Planning

Effective heritage protection requires an integrated approach involving not only regulation, but also promotion and incentives.

Most local planning schemes allow for flexibility in the application of planning controls to encourage positive heritage outcomes.  Planning incentives may include the relaxation of planning requirements in relation to land use, density, plot ratio, car parking and other works.  See below for examples of some local government policies that allow for incentives in planning.

Local Government Area Policy Details
Armadale, City of Heritage Management Incentives Policy
Bayswater, City of
Flexible Application of Statutory Requirements
Northam, Shire of CBD Heritage Enhancement Fund
Claim Form
Perth, City of
Heritage Incentives
Subiaco, City of
Heritage Incentives
Vincent, City of Incentives and Development Bonuses

Grants for Owners

A number of local governments provide grants, the waiving of planning fees, rate concessions and other financial incentives to encourage the protection of their local heritage.  A list of these appears below, with links to the relevant documents.

 Local Government Area  Policy Details
Bayswater, City of
Refund of Planning and Building Fees
Bayswater, City of
Heritage Fund and Application Form
Bunbury, City of
Application fees for Heritage Places
Bunbury, City of
Rate concession for Heritage Places
Busselton, City of Environment and Heritage Conservation Policy
Gosnells, City of Condition rewards scheme
History and heritage conservation category
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, City of
Local Heritage Fund Guidelines

Local Heritage Fund Policy

Kalgoorlie-Boulder, City of
Waiving Planning Fees
Perth, City of
Heritage Rate Relief
Perth, City of
Heritage Grants
Rockingham, City of
Heritage Conservation and Development Policy
Subiaco, City of Heritage Incentives
Subiaco, City of Refunding and Waiving Planning and Building Fees
Vincent, City of Heritage Assistance Fund


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