The Heritage Places Act 1993 (SA) is intended to preserve, protect and enhance the environmental, social and cultural heritage of the State. The Act establishes a six to eight member State Heritage Council to administer the South Australian Heritage Register, investigate the value, to promote and establish (in appropriate cases) State heritage areas and oversee heritage agreements.
The Council also advises the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation on development affecting registered places or State heritage areas, heritage agreements, funding and other matters concerning heritage conservation as well as providing advice and assistance on heritage conservation matters to councils, planning authorities, owners of land and other people. The South Australian Heritage Register is maintained by the Council. Places of heritage value may be entered in the Register by the Council on its own initiative or on application by any person.
A place is of heritage value if it satisfies one or more of the following criteria:
There are special provisions dealing with places of geological, palaeontological or archaeological significance. State heritage areas may also be recognised under the relevant local Development Plan pursuant to the Development Act 1993 (SA).