Heritage listed properties

In South Australia places and objects of state and local heritage are protected under the Heritage Places Act 1993 and the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

The South Australian Heritage Register

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 Planning and Design Code.

Reports on listings are provided to local councils and are available for public inspection by contacting Heritage South Australia. They provide the following information:

  • register file number
  • name of the place, area or object
  • address
  • local government area.

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 as any heritage surveys.

Local heritage listings are generally proposed by local governments.

Heritage in the new planning system

The Planning and Design Code (the Code) has been developed to ensure that our valued heritage places and areas, and character streetscapes, are protected for future generations. The Code includes several Overlays to address the different levels of heritage and character in our state, as follows:

  • State Heritage Place Overlay:
    • protects the over 2,300 individual State Heritage Places in the State
    • provides demolition control
    • includes a referral trigger to the Heritage Minister, who has the power to direct decisions (eg. they can direct that a development or proposed demolition be refused).
  • State Heritage Area Overlay:
    • protects all 17 State Heritage Areas
    • provides demolition control
    • includes a referral trigger to the Heritage Minister, who has the power to direct decisions (eg. they can direct that a development or proposed demolition be refused).
  • Local Heritage Place Overlay:
    • protects the over 7,200 Local Heritage Places across the State
    • provides demolition control.
  • Heritage Adjacency Overlay:
    • provides planning rules to make sure development on sites adjacent to a State or Local Heritage Place does not impact on the Place
    • includes a referral to the Heritage Minister in cases where development may materially affect a State Heritage Place.
  • Historic Area Overlay:
    • protects areas of historic character includes most of the ‘Representative Buildings’
    • provides demolition control
    • seeks to ensure development is undertaken having consideration to its historic context.
  • Character Area Overlay:
    • protects neighbourhoods and streetscapes of character value
    • seeks to ensure development is undertaken having consideration to its character context.

Types of heritage listing

State heritage

A place, area or object may be considered to have state heritage value if it meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the state's history
  • has rare, uncommon or endangered qualities that are of cultural significance
  • may yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the state's history, including its natural history
  • is an outstanding representative of a particular class of places of cultural significance
  • demonstrates a high degree of creative, aesthetic or technical accomplishment or is an outstanding representative of particular construction techniques or design characteristics
  • has strong cultural or spiritual associations for the community or a group within it
  • has a special association with the life or work of a person or organisation or an event of historical importance.

State heritage places, areas and objects are established through the Heritage Places Act.

Local heritage

A place or object may be considered to have local heritage value if it meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • displays historical, economic or social themes that are of importance to the local area
  • represents customs or ways of life that are characteristic of the local area
  • has played an important part in the lives of local residents
  • displays aesthetic merit, design characteristics or construction techniques of significance to the local area
  • is associated with a notable local personality or event
  • is a notable landmark in the area
  • is a tree of special historical or social significance or importance within the local area.
Local heritage places and objects are established through the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act.

Representative Buildings

Representative Buildings are identified within some Historic Areas and Character Areas. Referenced in Historic Area Statements and Character Area Statements and mapped in the South Australian Planning and Property Atlas, representative buildings are buildings which display characteristics of importance in a particular area. The identification of representative buildings in a particular area is not intended to imply that other buildings in an historic area or character area are not of importance.

Heritage and development

Heritage sites may be developed or altered under certain circumstances.

The State Heritage Place Overlay provides the policy guidance or ‘rules’ that need to be considered when undertaking development affecting a State Heritage Place. 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 Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act if it:

  • directly affects a state heritage place or area
  • affects the context of the place or area, including adjacent or nearby sites.

The Local Heritage Place Overlay sets out the requirements for undertaking development affecting a Local Heritage Place.

For more information about development requirements, contact the relevant council or Heritage South Australia.

Heritage places database

The heritage places database is an online search tool that gives you access to information about:

  • state heritage places, areas and objects from the South Australian Heritage Register
  • local heritage places from development plans
  • contributory items from development plans.

You can search the database to find out if your property has a heritage listing.

Heritage places map

Heritage places can be viewed in the Location SA Map Viewer.

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Page last updated 18 March 2021

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