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Heritage Places

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has a strong commitment to the protection and enhancement of its heritage.

Heritage can relate to a wide variety of places, including a building or a group of buildings, a site or a landscape, as well as community and religious places. 

There are a number of ways the City’s heritage can be protected, most notably through the individual listing of such places as state and local heritage places. The City has also designated historic precincts as historic (conservation) zones.

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Heritage places and listings

In South Australia, heritage lists contain places and items that are protected under the Heritage Places Act 1993 and the Development Act 1993.


State heritage places

State heritage places are established through the Heritage Places Act 1993 and are listed in the South Australian Heritage Register. Reports relating to state heritage places are available for public inspection by contacting the State Heritage Register

State heritage places within the City are identified in Table NPSP/5 of the Norwood Payneham & St Peters Development Plan.


Local heritage places

Local heritage places are listed in Development Plans and are established through the Development Act 1993.

Local heritage places are also listed in Table NPSP/6 of the Norwood Payneham & St Peters Development Plan and are stand-out examples of heritage buildings in the Council area, however not of significance to the state.


Contributory items

Contributory items are surviving examples of older buildings within historic (conservation) zones of the City, which collectively, contribute positively to the historic and architectural character of a particular area. They do not however display sufficient merit to be individually listed as local heritage places.


More information

Visit: SA Heritage Places Database


Owning a heritage listed property

There are a number of benefits to having a place listed on the South Australian Heritage Register; however the significance of a heritage listed property will be considered when any modifications are being proposed. Some of the benefits and implications of a heritage listing include:

  • some works to the property which otherwise would not require development approval, such as fences or solar panels, do require development approval
  • some forms of development which would otherwise be automatically given planning approval such as demolition, are required to be the subject of a case-by-case assessment and can be refused
  • the owners of Local Heritage Places or Contributory Items are able to take advantage of the Council’s heritage assistance incentives, which includes free advice from the Council’s heritage advisor and the waiving of the lodgement fee for development applications.


Heritage places and the Development Plan

The Norwood Payneham & St Peters Development Plan contains guidelines that seek to:

  • conserve and enhance places of historical significance
  • conserve and enhance those elements which contribute to the significance of heritage places
  • ensure that development does not adversely affect the significance of heritage places
  • conserve specifically identified places by allowing a use that would otherwise be prohibited if this will demonstrably assist with the conservation of the significance of the place.

The Development Plan also provides guidelines to assist individual property owners, builders, designers and planners involved in the renovation, adaptation, reuse, extension or replacement of heritage places within the municipality. 

The guidelines address issues relating to demolition, design, height, setback, car parking and landscaping for existing buildings and places, as well as providing advice on new development suitable to heritage areas.

More information, download: Development Plan