Built Heritage Protection Fund Policy

1.0  Purpose

This policy outlines how applications for funding assistance from Council’s Built Heritage Protection Fund will be managed. 

2.0  Background

The District Plan identifies a number of buildings as having heritage value and places some restrictions on these buildings to help preserve this value.

Council currently provides funding to assist with heritage protection for these buildings, particularly preservation of the fa├žade and streetscape of the central business districts of the towns and townships within the district.

The funding acknowledges the often substantial sums expended by the owners of these buildings in their efforts to preserve and maintain the buildings and in so doing preserving the District’s architectural history.

Any assistance provided is intended to encourage and to assist with preserving the authenticity of the structures and appearance of the exterior of the buildings concerned particularly with respect to colour schemes.

3.0  Key Definitions

  • District PlanHas the same meaning as section 43AA of the Resource Management Act 1991.

4.0  Policy

  1. Applications will only be considered for buildings identified as heritage buildings within the District Plan.
  2. Only work to preserve the external appearance of a building or structural work will be considered for funding.
  3. Preference will be given to applications for work that gives the greatest benefit to the public generally.
  4. Preference will be given to applications that will assist with the preservation of several buildings rather than a single building.
  5. Applications for assistance for a single building will be considered where evidence is provided and where Council is convinced that the building concerned is of such value as to warrant expenditure on it, at the expense of other potential projects.
  6. Generally funding assistance will be limited to $5,000 per application.
  7. Applications to Council for Heritage Protection funding assistance must be made in writing on the Council form.

Adopted Resource Planning and Regulation Committee 19 July 2016