Heritage Places

Heritage is valued by the community because it provides links to the past and contributes to our sense of place.  Heritage can relate to a wider variety of places, including a building or a group of buildings, a site or a landscape, as well as community and religious places. There are several ways heritage can be protected, most notably through the individual listing of such places as State and Local Heritage Places.

Places of State and Local heritage value are established under the Heritage Places Act 1993 and are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

Do I Need Approval?

If you are planning works to a State or Local Heritage Place, you will need to apply for approval before you start.

The Planning and Design Code sets out planning controls for the assessment of development under the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

State Heritage Areas and State Heritage Places are included in the Planning and Design Code under the State Heritage Places Overlay and State Heritage Areas Overlay.  An approval is required for any alterations, additions and demolition.  A development application for a state listed heritage place will also be referred to the Minister responsible for the Heritage Places Act 1993 for direction.

Local Heritage Places have transferred directly into the Planning and Design Code under a Local Heritage Places Overlay.  An approval is required for any alteration, addition or demolition.  A development application for a local heritage place will be referred to Council’s Heritage Advisor to provide expert advice on the development application.

Heritage zone overlay information can also be accessed by entering your property address into the SA Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA).

Local Heritage Conservation Grant Fund

The conservation of historic buildings can often be expensive due to the specialised workmanship required and the difficulty sourcing original materials.  For this reason, Council has established the Local Heritage Conservation Grant Fund to promote and support the conservation of Local Heritage listed places, objects and areas.   Property owners can apply for a contribution towards the cost of retaining, reinforcing or reinstating the heritage significance of these places.

Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis unless special circumstances apply. Applications for funding can be submitted throughout the financial year, with an anticipated notification time of 6 weeks from the receipt of application.

A copy of the Local Heritage Conservation Grant Guidelines and Application can be downloaded below, or alternatively hard copies can be collected at any of Council’s Offices. For further information please contact our Development Team on 8733 0900 or email development@wattlerange.sa.gov.au.

Related Information

Heritage Advisory Service

The main goal of the Heritage Advisory Service is to assist in conservation and management of heritage assets by providing expert heritage advice to Council, the community and owners of heritage properties.  The Heritage Advisory Service provides:

  • A heritage and conservation resource for owners of State and Local Heritage Places and buildings (whether specifically listed or not) within a historic (conservation) zone
  • Professional advice to assist Council deliver good heritage outcomes for the local area
  • Planning process input
  • Expert advice on development applications

Council’s Heritage Advisor is available for appointments and can provide you with advice regarding heritage related matters prior to lodging a development application.  To arrange a meeting with Council’s Heritage Advisor by contacting the Penola Office on 8737 2855 or email penola@wattlerange.sa.gov.au.