Character Retention Areas


To help protect areas with a strong sense of character, Council approved a new local planning policy called ‘Character Retention Areas’.

This new policy gives Vincent’s streetscapes more protection than our existing policies, and it will allow the City (and the community) to better preserve and protect our built form and precinct character. St Albans Avenue in Highgate is the first area to be designated under the new policy.

This policy allows residents to nominate a street or area to be recognised as a Character Retention Area and take an active role in recommending what characteristics they would like to see protected.

Mayor Carey says, "We want to see greater protection of our character streets – this approach enables local residents to drive the process, by encouraging them to nominate their street for character protection. A street can prescribe what it believes should be retained – from building form, fencing, carports and facades. Ultimately it will be up to a street to decide if they wish to proceed or not.”

Getting your area recognised under the policy involves a three step process:

  1. Nominate your area
  2. Consult with your neighbours to gain support, then work together with the City to prepare character retention guidelines
  3. Approval of the guidelines by Council

To start the process, speak with your neighbours to gauge their opinion - you need 40% support from the affected residents and owners (signatures on nomination form).

Related Links

Policy No. 7.5.15 - Character Retention Areas

Character Retention Areas Information Sheet

Character Retention Areas - Nomination Form

For more information

If you have any queries, please contact our Policy and Place team on 9273 6000 or