Certificates identify the current heritage status of a property and are available to all members of the public.
How can I find out if a particular place is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register?
If you want to find this out for interest, you can search online for a property by its name and/or address in the Victorian Heritage Register found on the Victorian Heritage Database. If it is a registered property, the record will appear with a Victorian Heritage Register number, for example H1234.
If you need to determine heritage status for legal purposes, such as conveyancing, you can apply for a heritage certificate to identify the current status of the property, not only whether or not it is registered, but also whether it has been nominated or is being considered.
Will a Heritage Certificate show me all heritage matters affecting a property?
Not always. Many places are protected at the local level under the heritage overlay to the relevant planning scheme. A heritage certificate will not reveal local government heritage interest in a property. You should check with the relevant council or you could check online at Planning Maps Online.
How do I apply for a Heritage Certificate?
You can apply at Heritage Certificates Online.
You will need enough details to identify the property in question (address, title particulars), and you will need a credit card to make the payment of $55.76.
In most cases your certificate will be available to download immediately. In a very few cases it might need to be processed manually and may take a few days.
As of 1 July 2015, manual forms and cheque payments are no longer accepted.
What does a heritage certificate tell me?
It answers all the following questions about a place or object
- Is it on the Victorian Heritage Register?
- If it is not on the Register, has an application been made to put it on?
- Is it currently under consideration for inclusion on the Register?
- Is it subject to an Interim Protection Order?
- Is the place included in the Heritage Inventory of places and objects of potential archaeological significance?
- Is there a repair order in force for a place or object already on the Register?
- Is there an Order of the Supreme Court in force to remedy or restrain a breach of the Heritage Act 1995?
- Is it within a World Heritage Environs Area?