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Resources for Heritage

If you need advice or resources in relation to the conservation and restoration of heritage places in the City of Adelaide, please see the information below or contact Council’s Heritage Technical Officer on 8203 7185 or via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Application Forms

Technical Notes

The following technical notes provide information on common work that takes place on heritage properties:

SEE ALSO: Technical Conservation Notes produced by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (Government of South Australia).


The following specifications are available upon request from heritage officers:

  • Damp Proof Injection
  • Masonry Conservation
  • Salt Damp Management
  • Corrugated Roofing
  • Guttering and Down pipes
  • Paint Removal
  • Undersetting

These specifications can be used by trades people and owners during the Development Approval process. Every project is different. Therefore, Council’s experienced Heritage Officers can provide the correct specification for each project, and provided tailored advice in relation to a particular building. Please see contact details above.

Technical Publications

This guide aims to provide owners, consultants and contractors with sufficient information to understand what causes salt attack and rising damp and to diagnose and identify appropriate repairs for cases commonly seen in Australia.

This guide was prepared by David Young in conjunction with the Council of NSW, Heritage Victoria, the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage (as it was known then) and City of Adelaide.

This publication should find a broad audience among owners and custodians of older buildings. Although it makes particular reference to conserving heritage significance, the principles apply to all older buildings regardless of heritage status. The publication looks at the many elements of a building and the forces at work on it, and advocates timely maintenance as the best way to avoid costly repairs down the track.

This publication was prepared by City of Adelaide in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Heritage (as it was known then).

Development Information Guides

A series of Development Information Guides have been created to assist owners, architects, builders and designers with various development projects. Click here for a full list.

Strategies and Studies

The Economic Value of Built Heritage in the City of Adelaide - 2018

The City of Adelaide commissioned SGS Planning & Economics to assess the value of Adelaide’s built heritage, including the financial benefits of the City of Adelaide’s Heritage Incentives Scheme.

Key findings from the study include:

  • $1.68 return to the South Australian economy for every $1 invested via the City of Adelaide’s Heritage Incentives Scheme (HIS).
  • The HIS has contributed $395m to Gross State Product and supports 3,000 jobs.
  • Over $20m invested by the City of Adelaide over the 30 years of operation of HIS.

The study is available here (PDF). 

Australian Heritage Strategy - 2015

The Australian Government recently released the Australian Heritage Strategy, the first national strategy for the management of Australia’s magnificent heritage for the next ten years.

It sets in place a series of concrete actions to ensure that our magnificent heritage places are protected for future generations. These are based on national leadership, strong partnerships and engaged communities.

Further information, including a copy of the Strategy is available here

Economic Benefit of Heritage Tourism Study - 2015

The City of Adelaide commissioned Tourism Research Services (WA)  to assess the value of Adelaide’s heritage tourism.

Visitors who stayed at least one night in Adelaide were questioned about features of Adelaide which influenced their decision to visit and stay. This in turn enabled an evaluation, in dollar terms, of the amount of tourists’ expenditure attributable to heritage compared with other features. 

The City’s cultural heritage is a valuable economic asset, with direct heritage tourism expenditure valued at $375 million annually.

The study is available here.

Educational Guides

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