Heritage considerations

It is likely that some heritage buildings will be considered as potential sites for an empty spaces project.  

Heritage items may be listed on the State Heritage Register or listed in a council's LEP. Usually, works on buildings listed on the State Heritage Register cannot be complying development.   

Works affecting buildings of local heritage significance may require approval from council. If works are proposed to buildings listed on the State Register, an approval may be required from the Department of Planning's Heritage Branch.  

A number of exemptions exist, allowing for certain works to not require planning approval or, if required, for approval to be streamlined.  For example, the maintenance, cleaning or repair of a building listed on the State Heritage Register does not trigger the requirement for approval from the Department of Planning's Heritage Branch.

However, when considering change of use or replacement of signage, a statement demonstrating no adverse impact on the fabric of the building is required for the Heritage Branch to issue approval.

Similar initiatives would exist under a council's LEP so further consultation should be sought with the local council.