A Heritage Overlay protects the history of our municipality, including the heritage of significant local sites.

Heritage

A Heritage Overlay protects the history of our municipality, including the heritage of significant local sites.

It also provides us with important links to our past and enhances the experience of tourists and visitors to our region.

If there is a heritage overlay on your house (or a building), you might need a planning permit to do certain works to your home.

You will also need a planning permit if you want to:

  • Subdivide or merge your land
  • Remove or demolish a building or part of a building
  • Make changes to the outside
  • Display or construct a sign
  • Do works or construction
  • Paint the outside (which hasn’t been painted before)
  • Paint the outside for advertising

There might also be controls over trees on your property.

Before you start any works or commit to a project, make sure you contact our Statutory Planning Unit.

Rural City of Swan Hill Heritage Study Stage 2

A Heritage Study for our municipality was completed in 2001 and lists over 200 places of heritage importance throughout our municipality.

Three heritage overlay areas were also identified, including individually significant and contributory buildings.

Does my house have a heritage overlay?

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has a list of all the places and areas affected in our municipality by a Heritage Overlay. It also details any controls for that site.

What if I need a planning permit?

If you need a planning permit, Council will consider your proposal using the Heritage Overlay Guidelines and the Burra Charter.