Heritage Places and Precincts

Properties with heritage listing

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:

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. A map showing these can be found here under the ‘Layers’ tab.  

Council has recently completed a detailed review of each heritage precinct for the Local Heritage Precincts in the proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme. The description, statement of local heritage significance and design criteria / conservation policy for each of these precincts is available here(PDF, 34MB)(PDF, 34MB).

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 by phoning 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.  Find out about the history of Battery Point, Alexandra Battery, West Hobart, the Lady Franklin Museum and many more interesting places.