Buying or Selling a Heritage Listed Property?
If the property you are considering buying or selling has been listed in the Register of Heritage Places it has been officially recognised by the State of Western Australia as having particular cultural significance to both the State and Local community. The Heritage of Western Australia Act of 1991 was created to identify, conserve and promote places of cultural heritage significance.
Contrary to popular belief – a Heritage listing can actually add value to a property! Many owners volunteer their properties for entry in the Register. Commercial development of a Heritage listed site may be limited, however the Government will provide bonuses to offset any possible disadvantage to owners in most instances.
Did you know there is more than one type of Heritage Listings in W.A?
State Register of Heritage Places
The State Register is a list of places given protection under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. Registration of a place is official recognition of its cultural heritage significance to the State.
Local Government Inventory
A Local Government Inventory (also known as a Municipal Inventory) is a list of places and structures which, in the opinion of the local government, are, or may become, of cultural heritage significance. Places listed in Local Government Inventory do not have legal protection. Only when places are protected under the local Town Planning Scheme
National Heritage Lists
National Trust (WA) Classification
Common myths debunked!
“I can’t sell or alter my property as it’s Heritage Listed ”
Yes, you can! A registered property remains the sole property of the owner. Planning approvals are required from the local authority much the same for anyone who wishes to change or alter their home. The Heritage Council must be consulted with about these changes; the Council deals with over 500 applications each year.
“It will be costly to maintain my Heritage Listed property”
You are under no legal obligation to maintain it other than the requirements of your local council, nor do you need to seek the council’s approval before undertaking normal minor maintenance.
“My insurance premiums will be higher!…”
There is no reason for Heritage Listed property to attract higher insurance premiums. The Heritage Council will be happy to provide advice should you have difficulties in arranging cover.
“I won’t be able to demolish or relocate”
In certain circumstances, approval is granted to demolish or move a Heritage Listed building or structure. Contact your local Government to make an application.
To find out whether a property has any heritage listings, contact the Heritage Council on (08) 9221 4177 or search the Heritage Council’s data base of heritage places at www.heritage.wa.gov.au
Here at Vicki Philipoff Settlements, we can assist you in your sale or purchase of a Heritage Listed property; we can search the register for you, make enquiries with your local authority and provide a range of helpful services.
Contact one of our Conveyancing Specialists on 6311 4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your own requirements and obtain a no obligation quote.