Cultural Heritage Plans (CHMP)


Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs) are a way of protecting and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage while allowing development to proceed.  If a CHMP is required, a planning permit cannot be issued until the CHMP has been prepared and approved by the relevant Registered Aboriginal Party.  

A Cultural Heritage Management Plan is required if: 

  • all or part of the subject of the proposed development is in an area of cultural heritage sensitivity – land within 200m of a named waterway - that has not previously been significantly disturbed; and
  • all or part of the activity is a high impact activity.  Examples of high impact activities include certain construction or building works and subdivisions into three or more lots if a dwelling may be constructed on each of the lots.

A  Cultural Heritage Management Plan is not required for exempt activities, such as building alterations, demolitions or removals; extensions to a dwelling; construction of one or two dwellings; construction of buildings ancillary to a dwelling such as a storage shed, garage, pool, fence or water tank; certain emergency works; subdivision of an existing building; sea–bed development and minor works.

To find out if your property is located in a cultural heritage sensitivity area, create a Planning Property Report by using the DPCD planning maps service.       

Aboriginal Heritage Planning Tool

A simple way in which to check whether a Cultural Heritage Management Plan is required for a proposed activity is to use the Aboriginal heritage planning tool and follow the prompts. 

The following guidance notes may be found at the Department of Premier and Cabinet website:

  • Practice Note: Significant Ground Disturbance Information Sheet
  • Guide to preparing a CHMP
  • Cultural Heritage Information Sheet

 The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006and the Planning Permit Process, October 2013 - Practice Note 45

How can I find a Cultural Heritage Advisor?

A list of Cultural Heritage Advisors can be found by visiting the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.