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In Mount Gambier, we’re lucky to have some fantastic heritage buildings used for commercial purposes. But they can be stuck in the past. Sometimes we need to bring them into the 21st century so they’re more usable. But what changes can you make to your heritage property?
Heritage places can be altered or developed, but before you start knocking down walls or pulling off roofing, you must submit your plans and obtain development approval from Council.
Council approvals cover more than major renovations. If you need to install an air conditioning unit that is visible from street level, you need that approval. To erect a fence, you need approval. To make modifications or repairs that will alter the look of a heritage building, you need approval. These modifications include changing roofing material or painting the exterior.
The important thing to remember is that the aim is to retain the features and character of our precious heritage buildings. Elements of heritage significance need to be retained in any modifications. This means no new construction of inappropriate scale and form, or inappropriate materials or finishes.