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Old Hepburn Hotel – Planning Amendment

Amendment C82 Old Hepburn Hotel

Independent Planning Panel report

The Minister for Planning referred the amendment to an independent planning panel. The panel hearing was held on November, 2021.  

The Panel recommended adoption of the amendment subject to the following:

  • Amend the Statement of Significance, Old Hepburn Hotel, 236 Main Road, Hepburn, February 2020 consistent with the Panel’s preferred version and include a date.
  • Amend the Schedule to Clause 72.04 to refer to the amended version of the Statement of Significance.
  • Amend the curtilage of the Heritage Overlay

Please click on the following embedded link to view the Panel report

Council will consider the recommendations from the Panel Report at an upcoming Council Meeting.


The Hepburn Shire Council has prepared Amendment C82 to the Hepburn Planning Scheme to provide permanent heritage protection to the Old Hepburn Hotel at 236 Main Road, Hepburn.

Why is the amendment proposed?

In early 2020, Council responded to a potential demolition by seeking interim protection for the Old Hepburn Hotel from the Minister for Planning. On 9 July 2020 the interim control was gazetted as Amendment C79hepb and provided on the condition that Hepburn Shire Council (council) pursues permanent heritage controls through a separate amendment process. Amendment C82 is the separate amendment process.

What does the amendment do?

The amendment proposes the following changes to the Hepburn Planning Scheme:

  • amend the Schedule to Clause 43.01 (Heritage Overlay) to include the Old Hepburn Hotel at 236 Main Road, Hepburn (HO987) in the Heritage Overlay of the Hepburn Planning Scheme, with paint controls on a permanent basis; and
  • amend the Schedule to Clause 72.04 to include the Statement of Significance for the Old Hepburn Hotel at 236 Main Road, Hepburn as an incorporated document.

Where you can inspect the amendment

You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment, the explanatory report about the amendment free of charge at the following locations:

  • the Department of Land Water and Planning website:
  • during office hours, at the office of the planning authority, Hepburn Shire Council, corner Duke and Albert Streets, Daylesford.
  • You can also telephone Hepburn Shire Council’s Strategic Planner on 03 5321 6166


Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter may wish to make. These are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify you of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.

The closing date for submissions was on Thursday 4 March 2021.

Public availability of submissions

Council is required to make a copy of every submission available on line for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.


Please be aware that Hepburn Shire Council collects information from organisations and individuals during the planning scheme amendment process through submissions made to an Amendment. Submissions may be hand written, electronic and often contain images, maps and plans. Submissions frequently contain personal information which at times may be sensitive for commercial, health or other reasons.

Natural justice and transparency are important parts of the Planning Scheme Amendment process. Under section 21(2) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic), Council must make all submissions to an Amendment available to view by any person at its offices for a period of two months after the Amendment is gazetted or lapses. This includes all personal names, telephone and address details, unless specifically requested to be deleted prior to the submission being made publicly available.

Submissions are used by Council when assessing the Amendment and summaries of your submission are included in any Council report that considers the Amendment following the close of exhibition. Your submission will also be used and disclosed in the public process of a Panel Hearing if one is required. Any submission forwarded to Planning Panels Victoria will be managed in accordance with their privacy policy. Submissions may also be used to inform future Council plans and strategies such as Council Plan.

Publication of submissions on Council’s Website

Council will make all submissions available to view online on its website during the Planning Scheme Amendment process. All submissions made available online will be redacted to remove any personal names, telephone and address details. Submissions will be removed from the website once the Amendment is finalised.

Use of your personal information

In accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) the personal information submitted by you is being collected by Hepburn Shire Council for the submission process and it will not be disclosed to any other external party without your consent, except as a requirement of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic). This includes disclosing your personal information upon request (name and address only) to any person during the Planning Scheme Amendment process.

If you do not provide your name and address Council will not be able to consider your submission.

For more information regarding privacy please visit Council’s webpage at