Protecting heritage with overlays

Local councils must identify and protect heritage places by law. Heritage experts identify places of heritage significance in Indigo. Council protects these places and areas with Heritage Overlays.

What is a heritage overlay?

A Heritage Overlay conserves and enhances heritage. An overlay shows how your land can be used and developed. All overlays and zones are recorded in the Indigo Planning Scheme. You can view heritage overlays in Indigo at the Indigo Planning Scheme online (see link below).

Heritage sites are identified and protected in two ways - by a heritage overlay applied to an individual site, building or object or by a heritage overlay applied to a broader precinct area.

Some individual heritage overlays can have controls that require you to get a planning permit to make changes inside a building, paint a building and to remove, destroy, prune or lop a tree on the site.

Some heritage sites do not have their own individual heritage overlay. Instead they are identified and protected within a heritage overlay control that applies over a wider precinct area that may include all the houses in a street or group of streets.

A heritage precinct overlay can also include places with no individual heritage value. These places have a heritage overlay so that new development on them protects the heritage significance of the whole precinct.

Council has heritage studies that record the heritage significance of the heritage precincts as well as individual places.

Does my home or building have a heritage overlay?

The Indigo Planning Scheme online lists all individually listed heritage sites and all properties in a heritage precinct overlay. You can also obtain a free property report to see if your home or building is a heritage site or is located in a heritage precinct overlay.


Last updated: 12 September 2016