City of Fremantle heritage list

The City of Fremantle's Local Planning Scheme 4 heritage list comprises of over 2 500 properties, which are of cultural heritage significance and worthy of conservation. Local Planning Scheme 4 also has 23 heritage areas. Both heritage listed properties and heritage areas can be found on the City's maps under the heritage module.

The heritage list, as adopted by Council, identifies each place by name and address only and does not include any other data. To find out if your property is on the heritage list click here. More information on heritage listed properties is contained within the municipal heritage inventory (see below). 

 The objectives of the heritage list are to:

  • facilitate the conservation of places of heritage value
  • ensure that development occurs with due regard to identified heritage values in the interest of the community

Development of a heritage listed property

Inclusion of a place in the heritage list does not prohibit development of the place. Instead, changes made to a place should respect and be sympathetic to the heritage values of the place. Most types of development and/or maintenance of places listed on the City's LPS4 heritage list require planning approval. Those places listed on the State Heritage Office of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places also require approval from the State Heritage Office. See other heritage listings for more information.

As part of the planning application process and prior to the approval of any proposal for the development of a heritage listed place, the City may prepare a heritage assessment in accordance with local planning policy 1.6 preparation of heritage assessments which identifies and considers the:

  •     heritage significance of the place
  •     impact of the proposed development on the heritage significance
  •     conservation needs and recommendations

If you require additional information about heritage listings, contact the Service and Information centre on 08 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Municipal Heritage Inventory 

The municipal heritage inventory or MHI is an ongoing database that records and provides invaluable information on heritage listed places and places of cultural heritage significance. Local governments are required under section 45 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 to prepare and maintain a MHI to recognise the heritage importance of places to the local community.

The database records information only and does not have any legal implications for the development of land within the City of Fremantle. Information from the MHI database can be accessed online through the State Heritage Office's Inherit

'Place' means site, area, land, landscape, building or other work, group of buildings or other works, and may include components, contents, spaces and views (Burra Charter). Therefore, the MHI and heritage list, include buildings and places such as precincts or heritage areas, sites which may include buildings which have been demolished, limestone features and landscapes including trees.

The cultural heritage significance of the places on the MHI have been determined in accordance with the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 as defined "in relation to a place, the relative value which that place has in terms of its aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance, for the present community and future generations".

Under the MHI each place is assigned a management category. The management category assigned to a place is determined by the level of significance of the place i.e. exceptional, considerable or some significance and for its conservation.

Management category - Level 1a

Management Category Description (summary only) - The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle. This place is entered onto the State Heritage Office of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places. All development applications must be referred to the State Heritage Office for approval.

Management category - Level 1b

Management Category Description (summary only) - The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is required. It is recommended that this place be considered for entry in the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places.

Management category - Level 2

Management Category Description (summary only) - The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of considerable cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is a priority.

Management category - Level 3

Management Category Description (summary only) - The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of some cultural heritage significance for its contribution to the heritage of Fremantle in terms of its individual or collective aesthetic, historic, social or scientific significance, and /or its contribution to the streetscape, local area and Fremantle. Its contribution to the urban context should be maintained and enhanced.

Management Category – Historic Record Only

Management Category Description – The City of Fremantle has identified places on this list as being of interest for historical reasons and/or structures that no longer exist. Places on this list are part of Fremantle's rich cultural heritage. Inclusion on this list will have no direct impact on development potential of these places.

 

Contact us

Planning services
City of Fremantle
Fremantle Oval
70 Parry Street, Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634
planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au