Protecting Heritage Places

10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000

Step 3: What do you need to know? (continued)

Where is the boundary?

Defining the boundary of a place or an area of interest helps to establish:

  • who to involve
  • what areas to protect
  • which properties are involved
  • what planning or other jurisdictions need to be considered.

A boundary of a place or study area should encompass the features that are of heritage significance. The area may include a buffer zone, or an area much larger than the heritage place.

The exact boundary of an area of interest cannot always be determined at the beginning of a study. It may evolve over the process. Even though some heritage places do not have clear boundaries, for practical purposes you should consider where one should be drawn.