pre-1947 and pre-1946 dwelling houses

What is the role of Traditional Building Character in Brisbane?

‘Character’ and ‘Heritage’ are keywords that should prompt further attention when reviewing the overlays in the interactive mapping property report. Generally, a character or heritage overlay will restrict the demolition or alteration of the existing building or structure on the site. The building may need to be fully retained as part of a new development.

Depending on the location or size of the character building, it may completely stop a development from proceeding. For example, in the older suburbs of Brisbane, a character house that cannot be moved or demolished may be sitting on two allotments thereby restricting the redevelopment of the largely vacant allotment.

In Brisbane, there are four different overlays that could mean there is a ‘character’ house on it:

Pre-1911 OverlayThe subject site could have Buildings and structures (not limited to houses) built pre-1912 may not be able to be demolished or significantly altered.
Traditional Building Character OverlayThe subject site could have Buildings and structures (not limited to houses) built pre-1947 may not be able to be demolished or significantly altered.
Commercial Character Building OverlayThe subject site could have Buildings and structures (not limited to houses) built pre-1947 may not be able to be demolished or significantly altered.
Heritage (Local) OverlayThe subject site does have buildings, structures, landscaping, vegetation that have cultural or material significance to a local region. The age of the structures are not necessarily important.
Heritage (State) OverlayThe subject site does have buildings, structures, landscaping, vegetation that have cultural or material significance to Queensland. The age of the structures are not necessarily important.

The ‘Dwelling house character’ overlay is not a character overlay and does not mean the house could be protected.

So how do we determine what is and is not affected by these character overlays? Learn more in our Traditional and Character housing course: https://learn.urpec.com.au/courses/traditional-and-character-housing/

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