Local Heritage Survey

    What is a Local Heritage Survey (LHS)?

    The LHS is an information resource that identifies places in the local district that are or may become of cultural heritage significance. The LHS provides the City with a cultural and historical record of the area and tells the story of the development of the district.

    It is not an instrument for development control so there are no statutory implications for property owners. Owners are still free to develop their properties in accordance with the local planning framework.

    The Heritage Act 2018 (the Act) requires local governments to prepare a LHS and defines the purpose of an LHS as:

    1. Identifying and recording places that are, or may become, of cultural heritage significance in its district; and 
    2. Assisting the local government in making and implementing decisions that are in harmony with cultural heritage values; and 
    3. Providing a cultural and historical record of its district; and 
    4. Providing an accessible public record of places of cultural heritage significance to its district; and 
    5. Assisting the local government in preparing a heritage list or list of heritage areas under a local planning scheme.

    What is included on a Local Heritage Survey (LHS)?

    Places assessed as having cultural heritage significance are included on the LHS. 

    The Act defines the term place as “a defined or readily identifiable area of land and may include any of the following things in, on or over the land –

    1. Archaeological remains;
    2. Buildings, structures, other built forms, and their surrounds;
    3. Equipment, furniture, fittings and other objects that are historically or physically associated with the land;
    4. Gardens and man-made parks or sites;
    5. A tree or group of trees (whether planted or naturally occurring) in or adjacent to a man-made setting.”

    How is cultural heritage significance assessed?

    Cultural heritage significance is assessed on the aesthetic, historic, social and scientific values of a place. The Heritage Council of WA has developed criteria to assess the heritage significance of places at a local level. These criteria adhere to well-established best practice in the identification and assessment of heritage places and areas and are used by the City to assess places and areas of local heritage significance. Local Planning Policy 3.2 - Assessment of Cultural Heritage Significance outlines the criteria used for assessing heritage significance.

    The City will commission a suitably qualified and experienced heritage professional to undertake the assessment of places.

    Who determines the final content of the Local Heritage Survey?

    All relevant information and submissions will be presented to Council for consideration. The final determination on the content of the LHS lies with Council.  

    Does inclusion on the LHS impact on how a property can be developed?

    The LHS is an information only resource. Inclusion on the LHS has no implications for the development of a property over and above the requirements that are already in place as part of the City’s local planning framework.

    If a place is included on the LHS does this mean it will be included on the Heritage List?

    One of the functions of the LHS is to help inform the preparation of a Heritage List under the Local Planning Scheme. However inclusion on the LHS does not necessarily mean the place will be considered for inclusion on the Heritage List. 

    To be considered for inclusion on the Heritage List a place must be of a level of cultural heritage significance to be deemed by Council as worthy of built heritage conservation. Generally this only applies to individual places that are identified as having either exceptional (level 1) or considerable significance (level 2) to the City. Places identified as being of some significance (level 3) are only referred to Council for consideration for inclusion in the Heritage List upon the receipt of a written request from the owner of that property.

    Consideration for inclusion on the Heritage List is a separate process to the LHS and is undertaken in consultation with the property owner. The process for considering inclusions to the Heritage List is outlined in Local Planning Policy 3.1 – Additions and amendments to the LHS, Heritage List and Heritage Areas.


    If a heritage area is included on the Local Heritage Survey does this mean it will be designated as a heritage area under the Local Planning Scheme?

    Heritage areas designated under the Local Planning Scheme are areas that, in the opinion of Council, require special planning controls to conserve and enhance their cultural heritage significance and character. If a heritage area is included on the LHS it does not necessarily mean that it will be considered by Council as requiring special planning controls. The relationship between the LHS and Heritage Areas designated under the Local Planning Scheme is outlined in the flowchart below.

    The process for considering inclusions to the Heritage List is outlined in Local Planning Policy 3.1 – Additions and amendments to the LHS, Heritage List and Heritage Areas.



    Why do we need to review the LHS?

    The Act requires local governments to prepare and regularly review the LHS. The last time the City reviewed the LHS was in 2002.

    In addition to meeting its statutory obligations under the Act the review will ensure that the City:

    • Achieves the Built Environment Vision and objectives in the Strategic Community Plan.
    • Achieves Actions K3 and K4 of the Heritage Strategy.
    • Has an accurate and comprehensive record of the cultural heritage values of places in the precinct.
    • Has an updated LHS for the precinct that reflects the views of the Council and its community in regard to heritage.
    • Has an LHS that meets current standards and best practice as contained in Local Planning Policy 3.2 – Assessment of cultural heritage significance (LPP3.2) and the Guidelines for Heritage Surveys prepared under section 105 of the Act.

    Why are we only reviewing the LHS in the West Subiaco Precinct?

    The Guidelines for Local Heritage Surveys published under section 105 of the Act allows for minor and/or area specific reviews of the LHS. Council has chosen a precinct by precinct approach to review the LHS.  

    What is the proposed process for the review of the LHS?

    The City is establishing a Heritage Reference Group to oversee and assist with the review process and inform the consultation and engagement with the wider community. Nominations for inclusions on the LHS will be invited from the community and will be assessed by a heritage professional engaged by the City. The formal consultation process will occur once the draft LHS has been prepared. This will be an opportunity for the wider community to have their say. The process that will be followed is detailed in the flowchart below:


    If my property is on the current LHS do I need to re-nominate?

    If your property is on the current LHS you do not need to re-nominate. As part of the review process your property will be re-assessed to consider changes that may have occurred since it was last reviewed. As the property owner you will be advised of the assessment process and invited to participate.

Community Engagement Process

    Why has the City chosen to establish a Heritage Reference Group (HRG)?

    The City has committed to proactively engage the community in the review of the LHS. As part of this engagement process, an HRG will be established to inform the review, giving the community representatives on the HRG an opportunity to provide their input into the review as it is undertaken.

    What's the purpose of the HRG?

    The role of the group is:

    • To provide a forum for open communication between the community and the City to identify and proactively manage any potential issues and opportunities that arise through the review process.
    • To assist in establishing the consultation/engagement methodology with the wider community.
    • To foster community awareness and understanding of the LHS review.
    • To encourage community nominations for the LHS.
    • To assist with the review of nominations.
    • To review and provide feedback on the draft LHS.

    What can the HRG influence as part of the LHS review process?

    The HRG will have an opportunity to influence the following elements of the LHS review: 

    • The consultation/engagement methodology with the wider community.
    • How issues and opportunities that arise through the review process are addressed.
    • The review of nominations.
    • The presentation of the LHS report to ensure the document is easy to understand and engaging for the reader.

    Will Elected Members (Councillors) be on the HRG?

    Up to two Elected Members may attend meetings of the HRG as observers and all Elected Members will be provided with the same materials as the HRG group members. 

    Elected Members will have an opportunity to contribute to the process through strategic workshops. They will be involved in the decision-making process as the LHS is required to be approved by Council.

    If I don't nominate to join the Heritage Reference Group, will I still be able to have my say on the Local Heritage Survey review?

    There will be a number of opportunities for you to provide your input including when the City calls for nominations for the LHS and during consultation on the draft LHS when it is prepared. All submissions will be considered prior to the draft LHS being referred to Council for final adoption.

    What are the selection criteria for the Heritage Reference Group?

    The City is looking for people who live in or own property in the West Subiaco Precinct, are generally representative of the City’s demographics and have a good understanding of local heritage. For further details you can read the group’s Terms of Reference.

    How is the City going to ensure that representation and selection onto the HRG is fair?

    The independent heritage consultant appointed to review the LHS will review the HRG nominations in line with the selection criteria. Names and contact details of nominees will be withheld. Members will be appointed based on:

    • demographic criteria in accordance with the above selection criteria
    • a commitment to a participative and consultative processes
    • an interest in and/or knowledge of local heritage.

    How many people will be on the HRG?

    The membership of the HRG shall comprise up to a maximum of ten (10) people.

    How much time would I need to commit to the HRG?

    The HRG will be in place until the draft Local Heritage Survey for the West Subiaco Precinct has been prepared and adopted by Council. This is intended for February 2022.

    Through the initial stages of the project (July and August 2021) it is anticipated that the HRG will meet monthly for a maximum of 2 hours per meeting. This will likely be reduced as the project progresses.

    Specific days and times for meetings will be agreed with HRG members.

     HRG members may be asked to attend engagement/consultation activities with the wider community.

    How do I nominate to be on the HRG?

    Online and printable expression of interest forms are available via Have Your Say Subiaco.

    Hard copies are available from City of Subiaco Administration Centre, 241 Rokeby Road, Subiaco or can be mailed out upon request.

    When do I need to submit my EOI by?

    Nominations must be submitted by Monday 28 June 2021 by any of the following means:

    • online at www.haveyoursay.subiaco.wa.gov.au, or

    • by email to city@subiaco.wa.gov.au, or

    • in person to the Administration Centre at 241 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, or

    • by mail addressed to: Chief Executive Officer, City of Subiaco, PO Box 270, Subiaco WA 6904

    How can I contact you if I'd like further information?

    Contact the Planning Services team by email at city@subiaco.wa.gov.au or call 9237 9222.