Heritage properties: information for owners

If you own a heritage-listed property in the Northern Territory (NT) all types of work carried out on the property are controlled by the Heritage Act 2011.

Read more at heritage properties: building works and development.

You may receive assistance to manage and maintain your property, including any of the following:

  • free professional advice from a conservation expert
  • rate rebates
  • cash grants under the NT Heritage Grants program.
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You can ask about getting professional advice from a conservation expert by contacting the Heritage Branch on 08 8999 5039.

If you pay rates on your heritage-listed residential property you may be eligible to get a refund on some of the rates you have paid. This is called rates relief.

What properties are eligible

Your property must be declared a heritage place under the Heritage Act 2011.

If your property is within a heritage precinct it needs to contribute to the character of the precinct. This is decided by the Heritage Branch.

Rates relief only applies to residential properties that are privately-owned buildings used solely for residential purposes.

You may still be eligible if your house has a small home office. This is decided by the Heritage Branch.

Properties owned by the NT or Federal Government are not eligible for rates rebates.

How much you can claim

The amount of rates relief will be calculated on the total amount of rates paid less waste management charges.

You will get a 75% rebate, up to a maximum of $4,000 in any given year for any given property.

Rates rebate conditions

All of the following conditions apply for rates rebates:

  • the owner is adequately maintaining the property which is determined by the Heritage Branch
  • any claim must be made within 60 days of the rates being paid
  • no rebate will be paid for rates that when paid were overdue for more than one year.

The Heritage branch reserves the right to calculate the amount of rates in non standard situations.

How to claim a rebate

Apply for the rebate online at GrantsNT.

You must provide all of the following information:

  • your rates notice for the property in your name
  • proof the rates have been paid in full
  • your bank account details.

If you are not the property owner you must have a letter of authority from the owner.

All rebate payments will be made by electronic funds transfer to your nominated bank account listed in the GrantsNT system.

The main purpose of this grant program is to help with the cost of conservation work on privately-owned heritage properties.

Read apply for a heritage grant for more information about the program including who to talk to about your property and projects which may be funded.

Before you start any works you should read heritage properties: building works and development for information on the rules and requirements.

Heritage Branch

Darwin and Top End

GPO Box 1680
Darwin NT 0801

9-11 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Phone: 08 8999 5039
heritage.branch@nt.gov.au 

Alice Springs and Central Australia

PO Box 2130
Alice Springs 
NT 0871

Level 1 Greenwell Building
50 Bath Street
Alice Springs NT

Phone: 08 8951 9247
heritage.branch@nt.gov.au

Last updated: 21 June 2019

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