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Heritage Places

Town of Claremont’s Heritage Services will be available on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Please contact the Town at or 9285 4300 for further queries.

Council encourages the retention of places on the list and it welcomes the renovation of places, such as homes, to suit more modern lifestyles and purposes. It is possible, and can be exciting, to blend modern living with an existing dwelling without losing the character of the original house. The end result can be unique and elegant. Many such success stories exist within Claremont.

Your Development Application will be assessed under the provisions of the Local Planning Scheme and Council Policies. The Town generally supports applications for appropriate development that does not impact negatively on the heritage values of the place and the streetscape.

Overview Document/Link
Council Policy guiding new residential development in the Town’s established single residential areas to protect neighbourhood amenity and streetscape character. Local Planning Policy 123 - Retention of Residential Character
Local Planning Policy 124  is used  to manage culturally significant heritage places and in some instances properties adjacent to properties listed on the Town’s Local Government Inventory and Local Planning Scheme No. 3 Heritage List. Local Planning Policy 124 - Retention of Heritage Property & Assets
A Heritage Maintenance Grant is available from the Town of Claremont in accordance with Council Policy.   Mike Balfe Heritage Maintenance Grants Policy LV130
Application form for a Heritage Maintenance Grant.  (please read the above policy before applying for or commencing any works). Mike Balfe Heritage Maintenance Grant Application Form
Application form for releasing funds for a Heritage Maintenance Grant, only to be completed at the end of an approved project. Mike Balfe Heritage Maintenance Grant Claim Form

What is heritage conservation and why does it matter?

The Heritage Council of WA defines heritage as follows “… that which we inherit and that which we pass on to future generations”.

Heritage is a tangible reminder of our past reflecting who we are and where we have come from. It is representative of the community we live in and gives us a sense of identity. It also helps create the character of our Town. By owning and maintaining a heritage place you are actively contributing to the Town of Claremont’s rich cultural environment.

The aim of heritage conservation is to ensure that the cultural significance of heritage places is retained for future generations. Heritage significance is embodied in the place itself and is defined in terms of the aesthetic, historic, social, scientific or spiritual value for past, present or future generations. The general principles and philosophy behind heritage conservation are outlined in The Burra Charter which forms the backbone of the management of historic places across Australia.

Heritage places - what has Council done to help to conserve heritage places in Claremont?

  • Established the Claremont Museum in 1975.

  • Has been the driving force behind the retention and conservation of the Claremont Railway Station for over thirty years.

  • Commissioned the "Built Environment Survey" of heritage places in 1991. Established the Town Centre Heritage Trail. Use the Trail Guide and follow the bronze plaques in the footpath to find the Princess Theatre, Kim's Cafe, the site of Charlie Wing Hei's Laundry and much more.

  • Commissioned the "Built Environment Survey", of heritage places in 1991. The survey's objective was to identify buildings, sites, significant trees and streetscapes important to the environmental character of the Town of Claremont.

  • Adopted the Built Environment Survey as the Council's 'Municipal Inventory' (MI) of Heritage Places in 1992.

  • In 1998 Council adopted the Built Environment Survey as a Schedule under its Local Planning Scheme. At the same time, it amended its Local Planning Scheme to give Council the right to refuse the demolition of places on the 'Municipal Inventory'.

  • Adopted a Strategic Plan in 2000 that commits the Council to "preserve our heritage for the enjoyment of the community." and "to manage growth and development that will enhance the Town's village atmosphere and respect its heritage and streetscape".

  • Adopted a Heritage Conservation Strategy in February 2000.

  • Created a new, dedicated staff position of Heritage Officer in June 2000.

  • Adopted a Heritage Management Plan in 2005.

  • In 2006 Council published a Thematic History of the Town providing a context for the Municipal Inventory.

  • The Town's Civic Design Awards are a bi-annual event that publicly recognises examples of best practice in heritage conservation and urban design. 

  • Council is currently developing design guidelines for additions and alterations to heritage listed places ensuring that future development within Claremont will conserve and protect places of cultural heritage significance.

  • Design guidelines for new developments in heritage dominant streetscapes are also currently being developed.

  • The Town has nearly completed a series of walking trails showcasing the Town's fascinating history. Watch this space for more information coming soon.

Minimum Requirements for Recording Heritage Places

Once a place is removed from the Town's List it is more vulnerable to demolition. This means that prior to Council considering an owners request to remove a property from the List the owner will need to provide an archival record of the place.The purpose of an archival record is to record information on our older building stock as a means of informing researchers and future generations of what once was.

All archival records will be marked confidential and held with the Heritage Officer's copy of heritage documentation until a development applcation for substantial alteration or demolition of the place has been approved. After this time the archival record will become part of the public record of the place and a copy will be lodged with Claremont Museum.

The minimum requirements are set out in the attached table as well as a mock archival record. Examples of previous archival records can also be viewed at Claremont Museum. The archival record needs to be in a bound format for archival purposes. If you have any further queries please contact Council's Heritage Officer on 9285 4300.

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Heritage Listings

The Australian Heritage Council is the principal adviser to the Commonwealth Government on heritage matters. The Heritage Council maintains the National Heritage List of those places considered significant to the whole of Australia.

The National Trust of Australia (WA), a non-profit community organisation, maintains a list of Classified Places. There is no additional statutory protection afforded to places on this list, but Development Applications for places included on the Town’s Heritage List which have also been classified by the National Trust are referred to the Trust for comment.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage maintains a register of places of cultural heritage significance to Western Australia called the State Register of Heritage Places. This affords protection to heritage places under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. Places in Claremont on that Register include Claremont Railway Station, Claremont Post Office, Claremont Teachers College and Christ Church.

Under the Heritage Act 1990 local governments are required to identify places of local heritage significance in a list commonly referred to as a Local Government Inventory (LGI) formerly known as the Municipal Inventory (MI).

Entry in the LGI alone does not afford the place statutory protection. Clause 8 of part 3 of the deemed provisions for heritage contained in Schedule 2 the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015  requires the Town to maintain a list of buildings, objects and places known as the Heritage List (formerly known as the Heritage Schedule). Clauses 25(3) and 79 of Town Planning Scheme No.3 provides protection for properties contained in the Heritage List.

The Town's Local Government Inventory (updated 11 May 2018 - Council Resolution 81/17) can be viewed here.

The Local Planning Scheme 3 Heritage List (updated 11 May 2018 - Council Resolution 81/17) can be viewed here.

The Town’s Local Government Inventory and Heritage List must be viewed in conjunction with the Town’s policies which take into account heritage matters:

Local Planning Policy 123 - Retention of Residential Character
Local Planning Policy 124 - Retention of Heritage Property & Assets

Enquiries relating to the LGI or Heritage List should be directed to the Town's Heritage Officer.

Developing State Registered Properties

Some places listed on the Schedule are also included on the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s State Register of Heritage Places and protected under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. All development applications for registered places must be referred to the Heritage Council for comment. The Town of Claremont must take into account the Heritage Council’s comment’s when assessing applications for such places.

Demolition Controls

Demolition of any building or place within the Town of Claremont requires planning approval. Generally Council will not approve demolition of all or part of a building included on the List unless it can be demonstrated to be of little cultural significance.

Additions and Alterations

Special care must be taken to design additions that compliment the listed building in scale, form, massing and window arrangement. As well, new work should be done in such a way that makes it easily distinguishable from, and complementary to, the existing.

Some things to consider when making additions and alterations to a heritage property are:

Is the property suitable for your needs? Large enough? You may not be able to undertake the scale of alterations and/or additions you may need for the future? Have you looked at the history of the property? It will assist you in understanding why your place was listed.

Make a list of your property's heritage attributes. To establish how your property can be changed will require a full and frank understanding of the heritage significance of your property.

Contact Council before drawing up plans. You are encouraged to discuss the possibilities for retention and development of your property with our Heritage Officer prior to applying for Development Approval.

Consider the traditional details of the building. The use of traditional materials and profiles is not only preferable but generally looks best.

Avoid over-restoration. The sense of age and attractive quality of your building might be removed.

Avoid mock heritage restoration. If you build in a simple, modern, sympathetic style there will be no confusion as to what is original and what isn’t and it will add to the historical sequence of your building.

Think Creatively

To assist people that are considering developing their listed properties, Council provides a free heritage advisory service. Contact the Heritage Officer on (08) 9285 4300 to access this service.

Please refer to our heritage overview section to refer to our heritage policies.

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The Heritage Council of Western Australia administers the state government Heritage Grants Program. Funding for conservation works to state registered places are available through this program.

Places that are owned by not-for-profit community organisations and local governments are eligible for funding through the Lotterywest Cultural Heritage Grants Program. These provide funding for conservation or interpretation of heritage listed places.

A Heritage Maintenance Grant is also available from the Town of Claremont in accordance with Council Policy LV130.  
Click here to view the Mike Balfe Heritage Maintenance Grants policy.

After reading the Mike Balfe Heritage Maintenance Grants policy, if you wish to apply for a grant click here for an application form.

Other Websites of Interest

Australian Heritage Council (

State Heritage Office (

National Trust of Western Australia

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