Heritage Listing Explained

Heritage House
Heritage listing provides long-term certainty for owners, neighbours and intending purchasers. This is important when people are looking for a particular environment within which to live and work.

Protection of an item also requires Council to consider the effect of any proposed development in the area surrounding heritage items or conservation areas. This ensures an appropriate context for heritage items, preventing inappropriate and unsympathetic surrounding developments from adversely affecting the special values of the heritage item or area.

Selling your heritage listed property
Listing places no legal restriction on the sale or leasing of properties.

Extending or altering a property
You are permitted to extend and alter your heritage-listed property if you obtain approval first. Heritage buildings are best cared for when they are lived in and loved. They must be useable and houses need new bathrooms, kitchens and new rooms to accommodate growing family needs. Council recognises the need for owners to adapt buildings houses to a comfortable environment.

When you lodge a Development Application
Council will carefully assess all development proposals involving heritage items or heritage conservation areas to ensure development respects the significance of the property. Heritage Listing does not prevent suitable changes, additions or new buildings that maintain the heritage significance of the item. This is consistent with what most owners want for heritage properties. It is also consistent with advice from real estate agents that well looked after heritage properties are the easiest to sell and bring the highest prices.

Adaptive re-use of a heritage item
Heritage Listing does not stop the adaptive re-use of a heritage item. For example, a former dwelling can be used as an office. Sometimes this is a sensible way of ensuring the future use of a heritage item.

Maintenance
Other than normal maintenance that owners routinely decide to carry out, it is not expected that owners take any special care of a heritage property. Certain maintenance of heritage items and gardens requires Council approval.

Insuring buildings that are heritage items:
This is no more difficult nor expensive than insuring a home not affected by heritage listing. Surveys by the Insurance Council of Australia show that very few insurers charge higher premiums for heritage listed properties, but it always pays to shop around.