Heritage properties

Council encourages the preservation of Townsville's uniquely Australian tropical character, and recognises that this is critically linked to the maintenance of its older heritage buildings.

Please note: Council is now operating under the Planning Act 2016, which supersedes the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. For more information on the Act and how this may affect you, view council's Planning Reform page.

Owning a cultural heritage listed property

You can find out whether your property is heritage listed in Schedule 7 Places of heritage value in the Townsville City Plan. To help with the preservation of Townsville's heritage properties, council has produced the Heritage and Character Housing Information Guide. This guide covers:

  • Conserving the Townsville house
  • Tracing the history of your house
  • Alterations and additions to your house
  • Fences, gardens and verandahs.

Working on a cultural heritage listed property

If your property is listed in Schedule 7, it means you will have to comply with the Cultural heritage overlay code (part 8.2.4 of the Townsville City Plan) and the Cultural heritage planning scheme policy. If you are planning to make a change to your heritage property that could have an adverse impact on its significance, your development application will invoke the overlay code, and your application will be code or impact assessable.

Local Exemption Certificates

Local exemption certificates allow the owners of heritage properties to apply for upfront approval from council on specific types of development. Exemption certificates will only be issued to development that will have only a minor detrimental effect to the property.

For more information, read council's Local Exemption Certificates information sheet.

Adding or removing a property from Schedule 7

If a building is deemed to have cultural heritage significance it can be considered for addition to Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value. Likewise, a building can also be removed from Schedule 7 if a case is built against it having cultural value any longer. Council have prepared the following information sheets to assist property owners who are interested in adding or removing their property from Schedule 7:

Frequently Asked Questions