Conservation of privately-owned heritage buildings | City of Fremantle

Conservation of privately-owned heritage buildings

Buildings constructed in Fremantle before the Second World War were generally built with traditional construction materials and methods. These buildings are often different to those that are the result of modern construction and therefore may require a different approach to repair and maintenance.

To assist building owners in Fremantle in caring for their heritage properties, the City of Fremantle has developed a series of technical advice sheets that have been tailored to our local conditions and our rich building history.

Technical advice sheets

  1. Introduction to good conservation practice
  2. Checklist for inspections
  3. Looking after limestone walls
  4. Limestone walls need lime mortars
  5. Dealing with dampness in old walls
  6. Repointing lime mortar joints

In addition to the above, the Heritage Council have a number of resources which provide guidance on developing and maintaining heritage places:

We encourage property owners and applicants to contact the City as early as possible to discuss their proposals, and to confirm whether or not approvals are required.

Assessing development in heritage-protected places

The City contains several heritage-protected places, these include properties located within a heritage area and/or individually included on a heritage list. In most circumstances, development within these places requires planning approval so that the City's Heritage Department can assess the impact of a proposal on the heritage significance of a particular place. To assist in this assessment, the City refers to State Planning Policy 3.5 (SPP 3.5), which contains broad principles on historic heritage conservation. Development in heritage-protected places shall satisfy the requirements of this policy, particularly Clause 6.6 which deals with development control principles. A copy of SPP 3.5 can be downloaded via the following link: 

For further information on heritage areas and lists - see City of Fremantle Heritage List.

Fremantle Local Identity and Design Code

In 2007-08, international architects undertook an analysis of central Fremantle’s structural and architectural attributes, and prepared the Fremantle Local Identity and Design Code. This research and educational document provides useful background information, and is made available as a public resource.

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Planning services
City of Fremantle
Fremantle Oval
70 Parry Street, Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634

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