Interim Protection Orders

The Heritage Council has adopted the following policy: Interim Protection Order Policy 2020

This guidance will add clarity for owners, managers, permit applicants, local councils and other participants in the planning and heritage systems on what matters the Executive Director or the Heritage Council may take into account in considering whether or not to make an Interim Protection Order (IPO) over a place or object.

Interim Protection Orders (IPOs) can be made by either the Heritage Council or the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria to protect places/objects that may be of State-level cultural heritage significance and are under immediate or imminent threat. A place or object that is subject to an interim protection order is deemed for the period of the order to be included in the Heritage Register. During this time it receives protection under the Heritage Act 2017 while it is being assessed for consideration by the Heritage Council of Victoria.


Using the HCV Hub for IPOs

The Heritage Council has launched its new, online platform, the HCV Hub, for the lodgment of all forms and submissions in relation to its regulatory processes.

If a matter is already underway by 12 September 2022, it will continue to be managed via email. Any new processes commenced on or after 12 September 2022 will be managed directly via the HCV Hub.

To lodge a request for an Interim Protection Order, access the HCV Hub via the button on the right-hand side of this page and submit a Request for an Interim Protection Order Form

If you previously lodged a request via email or post, you do not need to lodge it again via the HCV Hub.

For information on making a request for an IPO to the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria, please see Heritage Victoria’s website.