Launceston is Australia's third oldest city and has some of the country's best-preserved architectural heritage. 

In order to continue the conservation of this priceless asset, buildings and sites are protected by legislation at both local and state level. 

As an owner of a heritage listed property, you have a responsibility to adhere to regulations under the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995 and the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 when considering any development.

Our heritage is part of who we are. It is what we inherit, appreciate today, and think is important to protect and pass onto future generations.

Heritage does not have to be old; it is anything that we value and identify as worth protecting for appreciation now and into the future. It may include Aboriginal cultural heritage, buildings, structures, remnants of built fabric, conservation areas, precincts, archaeology, trees, significant landscapes and moveable heritage (i.e. museum collections, heritage trams or trains, etc.).

Heritage does not have to be completely intact or in good condition to be of significance. Significance lies in a place or object's ability to demonstrate a particular heritage criteria, character, or theme that is considered important.

In Tasmania, we have multiple levels of heritage including World, National, Commonwealth, State, and Local heritage. The heritage protection system exists to conserve, manage, promote and celebrate our heritage. The City of Launceston maintains a register of significant historic heritage places at a Local level.