Built Heritage

Buildings, structures and objects in the district that are identified as having heritage significance are designated in the District Plan and on the Heritage New Zealand List.

Planning controls governing the district's designated heritage items are set out in Chapter 9(PDF, 271KB) of the District Plan.

Funding opportunities for heritage building owners

Heritage EQUIP, part of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, provides funding and advice to earthquake strengthen heritage buildings. The Heritage EQUIP website contains information about the central government funding criteria and how to apply for funding. The table below summarises the Heritage EQUIP funding opportunities: 

Individual Buildings Multiple Buildings

What's available?

Professional Advice Grants Upgrade Works Grants Professional Advice Grants Upgrade Works Grant
Up to 50% of the cost Usually up to 50% of the costs, sometimes 67% Up to 67% of the cost Usually up to 50% of the costs, sometimes 67%
Max. $50,000 Max. $400,000 Max. $30,000 per building Max. $250,000 per building
Privately owned buildings (buildings that are not owned by public or charitable entities)

Eligible Buildings

Heritage New Zealand Category 1 and 2 listed buildings only Heritage New Zealand or District Plan recognition At least one building must be Heritage New Zealand Category 1 or 2 listed Heritage New Zealand or District Plan recognition
Regional buildings in medium or high seismic risk areas Located nationwide Regional buildings in medium or high seismic risk areas Regional buildings in medium or high seismic risk areas

The Council's Heritage Grant Fund provides financial assistance to building owners in the town centre to undertake external facade enhancement works. To qualify, buildings must be listed in the District Plan. Exceptional circumstances may be considered where works would offer clear heritage benefits. The Heritage Grant Fund does not fund earthquake strengthening works.

Heritage Information – Useful Links