Indigo Shire is renowned for its natural beauty and preserved historic character. Throughout the Shire are a number of places of both State and National Heritage significance.
The Shire is made up of a collection of historic towns dating back to the gold rush era and boasts a diverse range of attractions including built heritage, significant natural landscape features and Koori cultural heritage sites.
Planning is an essential resource in the conservation and protection of heritage features within the Shire. The maintenance and enhancement of built and cultural heritage is important on a social and environmental basis, and is an important element in the Shire's tourism industry.
A ‘heritage overlay’ on a property means you must get a planning permit for all external changes, including front fences, and sometimes for painting, internal alterations and removing or pruning trees.
In the Indigo Planning Scheme, local heritage places are protected through the Heritage Overlay, which requires a planning permit to alter a heritage place.
The Heritage Overlay does not preclude development; it simply makes sure that any new works do not adversely affect the heritage significance of the place.
Fact Sheet - Heritage overlay explained(PDF, 205KB)
Indigo Shire Heritage Strategy 2017-21(PDF, 645KB)
Independent Heritage Review (adopted 2015)(PDF, 7MB)
Application Form - Planning Permit(PDF, 381KB)
Advertising Sign (Business Signage) Policy(PDF, 173KB)
Fact Sheet - Business Signage(PDF, 220KB)
Signage Guidelines Booklet(PDF, 2MB)
Fencing in a Heritage Overlay(PDF, 124KB)
Painting in a Heritage Overlay(PDF, 149KB)
Planning Permit General Information(PDF, 344KB)
Timeframe for issue of a planning permit(PDF, 287KB)
Heritage Policy(PDF, 1MB)
Heritage Study(PDF, 90MB)
Heritage Study 2002 - Part 1(PDF, 7MB)
Heritage Study 2002 - Part 2(PDF, 6MB)