State and local heritage places and objects are listed in the South Australian Heritage Register. Local heritage places and objects are also listed in the development plans for the areas where they are located.
Reports on listings are provided to local councils and are available for public inspection by contacting the State Heritage Unit. They provide the following information:
Anyone can nominate a place or item for listing in the state register. Nominations are subject to a provisional registration while they are assessed by the SA Heritage Council. The council considers advice from the State Heritage Unit and feedback from public consultation, as well any heritage surveys.
Local heritage listings are proposed by local governments.
A place, area or object may be considered to have state heritage value if it meets one of more of the following criteria:
State heritage places, areas and objects are established through the Heritage Places Act.
A place or object may be considered to have local heritage value if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
Local heritage places and objects are established through the Development Act.
Some development plans contain contributory items. They are listed in development plans as part of historic conservation areas, zones or policy areas, however they are not defined by the Development Act. As such, since 2012, no new contributory items have been added to development plans.
Contributory items are legacies of earlier approaches to development plan policy. They were identified as examples of particular forms of development, representing a defined period and its built-form character.
Heritage sites may be developed or altered under certain circumstances.
A development proposal for a state listed heritage place is referred to the Minister responsible for the Heritage Places Act for consideration and must be approved under the Development Act if it:
Local councils have their own requirements for development affecting local heritage places or contributory items. The requirements are identified in each council development plan.
For more information about development requirements, contact the relevant council or the State Heritage Unit.
The database is an online search tool that gives you access to information about:
You can search the database to find out if your property has a heritage listing.