City of Subiaco - Heritage information and resources
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Heritage information and resources

Heritage incentives and assistance

The City of Subiaco offers a range of incentives and assistance measures for owners of heritage listed properties.

Heritage advisory service

Owners of properties listed on the City of Subiaco heritage list, or located within a heritage area, can obtain complimentary professional architectural advice from a local heritage architect engaged by the City as an advisor. To access this service contact the City's Heritage Officer on 9237 9222 or email

Heritage grants fund

If you are the owner of a property listed on the Heritage List or a contributory place located within a heritage area you may be eligible to apply for funding through the City of Subiaco heritage grants fund.

The heritage grants provide funding for conservation works which are in the public view and enhance and reveal the heritage significance of the property and/or urgent conservation works required in order to stabilise a building. Generally eligible projects are entitled to 50 per cent of the total cost of the works up to a maximum of $5000.

Applications close Friday 8 October 2021 at 5pm.

For further information please contact the City's Heritage Officer on 9237 9222.

Planning incentives in the form of variations to development principles

Schedule 2, Part 3 Clause 12 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015 allows Council to grant variations to any requirement of the Scheme where the proposed development facilitates the conservation of a place listed on the heritage list or located within a heritage area. Further information is outlined in Local Planning Policy 3.3 Excercising discretion under Clause 12 of the Deemed Provisions.

Refunding and waiving of planning and building fees

Local Planning Policy 7.2 Refunding and Waiving of Planning Fees provides for the partial waiver of planning fees for places of cultural heritage significance listed on the heritage list or located within a heritage area.

Development application requirements for heritage listed places

When a place is listed on the heritage list or located in a heritage area development approval is generally required for most works. Minor works that do not require development approval are identified in Local Planning Policy 7.7 Development Approval Exemptions. In some cases where development approval is required when it normally may not be the city will waiver the planning application fee in accordance with Local Planning Policy 7.2 Refunding and Waiving Planning Fees.
Property owners are also advised to contact the City’s Planning Services to determine whether any proposed works require development approval.

Heritage Information

Thematic History and Framework

The City of Subiaco Thematic History examines Subiaco's growth from pre-history up to the present day (2014). Its purpose is to provide a broad overview of the evolution of Subiaco in order to identify turning points in its history, the main periods of its development, and key stories, themes and influential factors that have shaped the city's distinctive visual and physical character. This history is crucial to producing a Thematic Framework by which the cultural heritage significance of places in Subiaco can be recognised and, as a result, represented on the Local Heritage Survey.

Download a copy of the City of Subiaco Thematic History (PDF, 1.9MB)

Burra Charter

The Australia (ICOMOS) Charter for the conservation of places of cultural heritage significance outlines the main principles and practices that guide the conservation of heritage places and has been generally accepted as the standard for heritage practitioners in Australia. A copy of the Burra Charter, as well as further information, is available on the Australia ICOMOS website at

Heritage Specialists Directory

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has developed a new online directory of businesses offering heritage services across Western Australia. Click here to find a heritage specialist.

Heritage Area Assessments

The City has a number of heritage areas adopted under the Town Planning Scheme. The history of each area, including each individual place, is documented in heritage area assessments. Please go to our heritage database for more information.

Frequently asked questions 

Download the frequently asked questions (PDF, 154KB) for answers to some of the common queries about built heritage in the City of Subiaco.

City of Subiaco Information Sheets

Useful links


To discuss the significance of your property or for any other heritage information or advice please call call (08) 9237 9222 to make an appointment with the city's Heritage Officer or email