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Heritage Incentive Schemes (HIS)

Since 1988, City of Adelaide has provided the most substantial local government heritage grant scheme in Australia, reimbursing owners with part funding for documentation and conservation work of heritage and unlisted historic character places which meet specific criteria. The scheme is widely regarded and has attracted attention from overseas. Since its inception, Council has provided over $15m in grants to property owners.

This consistent commitment to the conservation of heritage and unlisted historic character properties demonstrates the importance Council places on maintaining Adelaide's substantial heritage character and this enormous injection of funding has had a dramatic impact on the character of the city.

Please see the newly created infographic for all the facts and figures over the last five years (2011-2016).

Colourising our history

2018 marks 30 successful years of the heritage incentive scheme which provides $981k in funding for an average of 115 projects per year.

In celebration of the 30 year achievement, the story of Adelaide’s built history will be told through a selection of digitally colourised black and white photographs on display in Rundle Mall from Fri 16- Mon 26 of March 2018.

Capturing the city’s evolving architectural landscape over the past two centuries, the photographs will be reimagined in vibrant colour, offering a new and exciting way to view our history.

Video: Preserving our heritage

Funded under Council’s Heritage Incentive Scheme, the project restored the building’s original façade, including its grand balconies and intricate timberwork, which had deteriorated over the years. (This project was documented by and completed under the guidance of BB Architects.) Read more on other restoration projects at Inside Adelaide.

A step-by-step guide

Step 1

Owner reads the Operating Guidelines for the Heritage Incentives Scheme (HIS) to determine if eligible for funding.





Step 2

Owner contacts the Heritage Unit to discuss their eligibility further and to arrange an initial on-site meeting to discuss the scope of the proposed conservation works.



Step 3

Owner obtains quotes based on the advice given at the time of the site visit.



Step 4

Owner completes the HIS application form and submits together with all supporting documentation/ quotes in person to ACC Customer Centre or via:

Heritage Unit, GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

(08) 8203 7575

» HIS Application Form
» HIS Application Supporting Document List

Step 4(a)

Owner submits a Development Application form with supporting documentation.

To find out what information needs to be submitted as well as how to lodge a Development Application, visit the DA Web Page.

Note: Step 4a is not required if applying for funding under the Professional Advice and Documentation HIS category only.












Step 5

Applications and supporting documentation are assessed by Council based on the condition of the building and the merit of the proposed works.

Applications are assessed on their merits and there is no guarantee of funding. Funding is also limited.

» HIS Assessment Criteria






Step 6

Once both HIS and DA approvals have been obtained an allocation is made. Owners are notified in writing. A ‘HIS Project Sign’ is included for owners to display during the works.

Note: Funds will be allocated for a period of 12 months. If the allocation expires the applicant will need to reapply.





Step 7

Approved works can begin. Owners must notify the Heritage Unit when works commence and at key milestones if required as part of the HIS approval.

Note: Works must comply with the conditions of the HIS approval and Development Assessment approval.





Step 8

Upon completion of work, notify the Heritage Unit to arrange a final site inspection, to ensure the completed project meets the conditions of the approved HIS application.




Step 9

Pay for work and present proof of payment to Council as soon as possible.



Step 10

Council will reimburse by cheque the allocation in accordance with the HIS Operating Guidelines.

Contact Details

For more information about the Heritage Incentives Scheme please contact Council’s Heritage Project Officer on (08) 8203 7445, or alternatively send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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