Interim Heritage Orders protect items (places and objects) potentially of heritage significance that are under immediate threat.
The order provides up to a 12-month period where the item cannot be harmed while an in-depth heritage assessment is carried out for listing on an appropriate register.
Interim Heritage Orders are made by the Minister responsible for administering the Heritage Act 1977 on recommendation of the Heritage Council, or by local councils under delegation.
Anyone can request an Interim Heritage Order. Property owners/managers, community members, stakeholders and local councils can petition the Heritage Council for a response from the Minister.
In most cases, a response from local council will be most appropriate. Please contact your local council Heritage Advisor or Strategic Planner for advice before petitioning the Heritage Council.