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Heritage Listings

To conserve Adelaide’s character streetscapes, different levels of heritage significance are managed by various government agencies and legislation.

The significance of the place helps determine the type of protection needed. For example world heritage listings protect and conserve heritage of global importance while local heritage (townscape) listings protect and conserve heritage of streetscape importance to that local area. There are also national, commonwealth, state and other types of local heritage listings. 

The Adelaide (City) Development Plan contains lists of State and Local Heritage Places.

Council's 3D Model enables viewing of heritage listed places spatially, 1936 streetscape images for some streets as well as many other features.

 

Number of Listings within the City of Adelaide

(Including the Park Lands)

State Heritage Places 647
Local Heritage (City Significance) Places 1850
Local Heritage Places
Local Heritage (Townscape) Places
Total 2497

National Heritage Place

The National Heritage List records places with outstanding heritage value to our nation. The places on the list are considered so special to all Australians that they are considered to have National Heritage Value. To be listed, the place must meet one or more of the statutory criteria.

Over 70 items from around Australia are currently on the National Heritage List, including the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Naracoorte), the Ediacara Fossil Site (Wilpena) and the South Australian Old and New Parliament Houses (North Terrace).

Information on a place’s National Heritage Value is recorded in the list, and these values are protected under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and through management arrangements to conserve the heritage values of the place.

On 7 November 2008 The Adelaide Park Lands and City Layout received the nation’s highest heritage honour by being included on the National Heritage List. 

Commonwealth Heritage Place

The Commonwealth Heritage List, established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, comprises natural, Indigenous and historic heritage places which are either entirely within a Commonwealth area, or outside the Australian jurisdiction and owned or leased by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth Authority.

The List can include places connected to defence, communications, customs and other government activities. To be listed, the Australian Heritage Council assesses the heritage value of a place against nine criteria, and significance thresholds.

Two places within the City of Adelaide are included on this list, the General Post Office (King William Street) and the North Adelaide Post Office (Tynte Street). 

State Heritage Place

Is a place listed on the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources’ South Australian Heritage Register. These places contribute to South Australia's architectural, social, technological or scientific history. In most cases, the listing comprises the whole of the place, including the interior and any associated outbuildings and fences. A State Heritage Place must satisfy one or more of the criteria listed in Section 16 of the Heritage Places Act 1993

These places are also identified in the Table of State Heritage Places contained in the Adelaide (City) Development Plan. 

Local Heritage Place (City Significance)

Is a place that positively contributes to the heritage value of the City of Adelaide due to its history, architectural and design qualities, built form character and integrity. The heritage value generally comprises the substantial whole of the building, including the interior and may include any associated outbuildings and fences.

City Significance places were gazetted in December 1987 in the Register of City of Adelaide Heritage Items, following heritage surveys undertaken in the 1980s. These places were identified for listing before the introduction of the current local heritage criteria listed in Section 23(4) of the Development Act 1993.

These places are identified in the Table of Local Heritage Places (City Significance) contained in the Adelaide (City) Development Plan

Local Heritage Place

Is a place that has heritage values that are important to the local area and the listed portion generally comprises the frontage, roof and side wall returns of the place that are visible from the street. A Local Heritage Place must satisfy one or more of the criteria listed in Section 23(4) of the Development Act 1993

These places are identified in the Table of Local Heritage Places contained in the Adelaide (City) Development Plan

Local Heritage Place (Townscape)

Is a place that positively contributes to the townscape character of the area and the listed portion generally comprises the frontage, roof and side wall returns of the place that are visible from the street.

Townscape places were identified in a Townscape Survey undertaken between 1988 and 1990 and listed in the early 1990s. These places were identified for listing before the introduction of the current local heritage criteria listed in Section 23(4) of the Development Act 1993.

These places are identified in the Table of Local Heritage Places (Townscape) contained in the Adelaide (City) Development Plan

Heritage Information Sheets - Local Heritage Places in North Adelaide

* Archer - Ashley Streets (1Mb)
* Barnard Street - Brougham Court (1Mb)
Brougham Place - Buxton Street (1Mb)
* Cambridge - Dunn Streets (2Mb)
* East Pallant Street - Gloucester Place (1Mb)
* Gover Street (2Mb)
* Hack - Jerningham Streets (2Mb)
* Kermode Street - King William Road (1Mb)
Kingston Terrace - Lombard Street (1Mb)
* MacKinnon Court - Mann Terrace (1Mb)
* Mansfield - Margaret Streets (1Mb)
* Melbourne Street (1Mb)
* Mills Terrace - New Street (2Mb)
* O'Connell - Ralston Streets (2Mb)
* Sir Edwin Smith Drive - Stanley Street (1Mb)
* Strangways Terrace - Sussex Street (1Mb)
* Taskers Lane - Tynte Street (1Mb)
* Walter - Ward Streets (1Mb)
* Wellington Square - West Pallant Street (732Kb)

The City of Adelaide acknowledges that this section does not contain heritage information sheets for all heritage listed places within the City of Adelaide.

These heritage information sheets serve as guidelines only and are not to be relied upon for legal or other purposes.

For more detail about the heritage listing of a place, please see the Adelaide (City) Development Plan or contact Council’s Heritage Project Officer on (08) 8203 7445.

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