Heritage places and precincts

Heritage places and precincts

Having a heritage listed property does not mean that it cannot be changed or improved. It means that any modifications need to be thoroughly assessed to make sure that the heritage characteristics of the property are not lost.

Council Planning Scheme listing

You will usually need to obtain planning approval for any use or development of the site, if your property is:

  • heritage listed in the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997
  • in a place or precinct listed in the heritage code of the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015.

The planning schemes can be accessed from our planning schemes page.

In most cases this will be a discretionary application, which means that the application can either be approved or rejected by the Council and will be publicly advertised for 14 days to allow anyone to make a representation to the Council about the proposal.

View the list of heritage places(PDF, 1MB) in the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015.

Heritage Precincts

The Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 also contains a number of Heritage Precincts. These can be viewed on the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 map by selecting the 'Local Overlays - Heritage Areas 2015' option under the 'Layers' dropdown menu.

The City of Hobart has recently completed a detailed review of each heritage precinct for the Local Heritage Precincts in the proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme

The draft Heritage Precinct report is on our website: City of Hobart Local Heritage Precincts.

A review of this report is underway and a recommendation about whether it is included in the Hobart draft Local Provisions Schedule will be made by the Tasmanian Planning Commission. Please note that the report is not a statutory document, and the current heritage precincts can be found within the current Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015

Tasmanian Heritage Register

Your property may also be listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register. Our officers can tell you if it is, or you can check with the Tasmanian Heritage Council on 1300 850 332.

If your property is on the Tasmanian Heritage Register it is considered to be of state heritage significance and is protected under the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995.

Any proposal for work to these places will be referred to the Tasmanian Heritage Council.


A number of publications are available on aspects of Hobart and its history. These publications provide history on Battery Point, Alexandra Battery, West Hobart, the Lady Franklin Museum and many more interesting places. View the range on our publications listing page.