Statement of Heritage Impact

What is a Statement of Heritage Impact? (SOHI)

A SOHI, together with supporting information, addresses the following:

  • why the item is of heritage significance
  • what impact the proposed works will have on that significance
  • what measures are proposed to mitigate negative impacts
  • why more sympathetic solutions are not viable.

When is a Statement of Heritage Impact needed? 

The Heritage Council requests that every development proposal it is required to consider, be accompanied by a SOHI. Similarly, local councils and other development approval bodies are encouraged to require such a statement. This requirement could be viewed as a logical extension to a statement of environmental effects, which most councils commonly require.