West End State Heritage Registration

On Thursday 17 November 2016, the Minister for Heritage Hon. Albert Jacob announced that Fremantle’s iconic West End precinct was to be included in the State Register of Heritage Places.

Entry in the Register follows extensive engagement with local landowners and the tenants of the more than 250 buildings covering an area of approximately 20 hectares (200,000 sqm) in the West End.

The West End is the largest ever addition to the state register and provides formal recognition of the area as a rare example of an intact port city business district during WA’s gold-boom era.

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Views of the West End in 1972 and 2016.










The West End of Fremantle, famous for its beautiful architecture and rich cultural history, has been nominated by the City of Fremantle  for inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places.  

Important: The State Heritage Office (SHO) is the authority responsible for the engagement process and the registration of the West End was decided by the Minister for Heritage.  All enquiries and comments are encouraged to be directed to the State Heritage Office:

W: www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au
T: (08) 6552 4000
E: westend@stateheritage.wa.gov.au
Freecall (Regional): 1800 52 4000
F: (08) 6552 4001
*Office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm  

Benefits of State Heritage Listing

The benefits of registration on the State Register include:

  • recognition of the West End’s significance as a unique and valuable place in WA 
  • the ability of private owners of registered properties to apply for heritage grants from the Heritage Council
  • a point of difference for businesses in the area who can market their business as being part of a State Heritage Listed historic precinct
  • the ability for property owners to register their interest in the Heritage Council’s plaque program which can be prominently displayed on the property
  • potential for the City to use the heritage status in future marketing and economic development initiatives in the area.

View Heritage: Your business advantage brochure

Important note: Listing on the State Heritage Register does not prevent owners making changes to their property. Sensitive adaptation for contemporary needs is something the SHO and the City encourages and will work with property owners to achieve. Find out more about adaptive reuse of heritage buildings here


In 2014 the City of Fremantle nominated the West End of Fremantle to the Heritage Council for them to consider its inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places given its cultural heritage significance to Western Australia.

The nomination followed a recommendation of the West End Working Group, consisting of City officials and community representatives, which was established in 2010 specifically to look at heritage listing the West End of Fremantle.

Following a preliminary assessment, the Heritage Council resolved that it should be considered for registration.


Answers to some commonly asked questions about what it means to be on the State Register can be found in the Fremantle West End FAQs on the State Heritage Office website.

Some of the topics include:

For more information visit www.westend.stateheritage.wa.gov.au