Conservation and Development
We encourage sensitive development and new compatible uses of heritage places because this is the best way of assuring their future.
Many owners have revitalised their heritage properties into contemporary places that both embrace the heritage significance of the building and provide functional, contemporary living, working and leisure spaces. Have a look at our Heritage in Action galleries to see how owners have conserved and adapted their places.
If a development or change to a State Registered place is proposed, it is referred by the responsible local government or decision-making authority to us for advice.
In most cases, the State Heritage Office will deal with the referral however major or sensitive developments are dealt with by Heritage Council.
Owners of heritage places are encouraged to contact us to discuss any changes they are considering. We can provide feedback on ideas and provide practical advice on proposed developments.
General maintenance works and repairs generally do not require referral to us. Please read the section on maintenance for more information. We also have a series of maintenance brochures that address popular maintenance questions and concerns.