ACT Heritage Register
Search the Register
You can search the Heritage Register for information on heritage places and objects that have been nominated, provisionally registered and registered. The search is by suburb or district.
The register is maintained by the ACT Heritage. Information on the website may be indicative only, or may not reflect the most recent decisions of the Council. Absence does not mean a particular place or object is not listed, so please check with the ACT Heritage on 13 22 81 to confirm the registration status and full registration details of a place or object.
Under the Heritage Act 2004 (the Act) the ACT Heritage Council (the Council) is responsible for keeping a register of places and objects in the ACT which have heritage significance at the Territory level. A place or object must meet at least one of the heritage significance criteria outlined in the Act to be entered in the register. The criteria are:
- importance to the course or pattern of the ACT’s cultural or natural history;
- has uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of the ACT’s cultural or natural history;
- potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the ACT’s cultural or natural history;
- importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural or natural places or objects;
- importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics valued by the ACT community or a cultural group in the ACT;
- importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement for a particular period;
- has a strong or special association with the ACT community, or a cultural group in the ACT for social, cultural or spiritual reasons;
- has a special association with the life or work of a person, or people, important to the history of the ACT.
Nominating a place or object to the ACT Heritage Register
Any person may nominate a place or object for entry in the register by completing a nomination form (196KB).
Places and objects are entered in the register after an assessment and registration process which includes consultation with property owners, other interested persons and the broader ACT community.
The Council has prepared a detailed policy document about the heritage assessment process, including advice on assessing significance and the threshold levels of significance. This can be obtained by contacting ACT Heritage on 13 22 81 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read this document before submitting a nomination as it will help guide your nomination and help you understand how the Council will determine whether the place or object you nominate has heritage significance.
Fact sheets detailing the process for nomination, registration and implications of listing are also available.
Any one may also request the cancellation of a registered place or object by completing a cancellation form. However, the Council may only cancel the registration of a place or object if they believe the place or object no longer has heritage significance.
Effects of heritage registration
Listing on the register means the place or object:
- is of heritage significance to the ACT and enriches our understanding of history and identity
- is legally protected under the provisions of the Act (noting, however, that all Aboriginal places and objects are legally protected, whether or not they are registered)
- requires advice by the Council on development issues to ensure good conservation outcomes
- is eligible for free development and architectural advice and funding from the ACT Heritage Grants Program.
Having a property listed as a heritage place essentially means that if you wish to undertake works or development at the place, the Council will advise whether the proposal will have an impact on the place’s heritage significance. This advice will be considered through the development application process of the planning and land authority.Detailed information about the effects of listing is available on the information sheets Heritage Listing Explained and Debunking the myths of heritage listings.