Parliament yesterday (22 November 2013) passed legislation aimed at making Tasmania's laws on historic heritage simpler.
The Attorney General, Brian Wightman, said that this Bill will simplify the system allowing for a single application, single advertisement and single permit process.
"Under the current laws, someone wishing to carry out works on heritage-listed places needs to seek approval through two separate approval bodies - each with its own timeframe and set of decision-making criteria," he said.
"These amendments will make the system much clearer for owners and developers and reduce duplicated effort for local government and the Tasmanian Heritage Council."
Mr Wightman said other proposed changes would ensure criteria for the protection of Tasmania's historic heritage were consistent with those in interstate jurisdictions.
"The amendments will also help to more clearly identify the boundaries of heritage listed places.
"These amendments are an important step in addressing the most critical concerns of owner and developers, local government, the Heritage Council and the heritage sector," he said.
Heritage Tasmania is available to answer any questions on the changes. Call Heritage Tasmania on 1300 850 332.