Heritage advice

Heritage advice

Our region has 106 heritage items. They are diverse and reflect our history and culture. They’ve been listed to protect their significance, promote their conservation and to provide incentives for their continued preservation.

They range from buildings to rail infrastructure, cemeteries, memorials, and sites associated with the local region’s rich agricultural history.

Heritage items are listed as being of either State or Local Significance. Most of the heritage items in our LGA are of Local Significance.

To check whether your property is a heritage item, search Schedule 5 Environmental Heritage of Council’s Local Environmental Plan 2011. Alternatively, you can purchase a Section 10.7 Planning Certificate which provides information on the planning controls applicable to a parcel of land.

The NSW State Heritage Inventory contains information on why a particular item is heritage listed. The inventory sheets are useful if you need to prepare a development application that affects a heritage item.

Do I need development consent for works to a heritage place or property?

Most types of development on a heritage item or in a heritage conservation area will need to be approved through a development application process.


Owning a heritage item

In considering whether to approve a change to a heritage item, we consider:

  • the heritage significance of the item
  • how a proposed development affects the heritage significance
  • how negative impacts are to be managed

Discuss your proposal with Council's Duty Officer before you lodge a development application. A Pre-DA meeting may be required to discuss the proposal.

Most types of development that relate to a heritage item or heritage conservation area will need to be approved through the Development Application process. A Minor Works Application may be accepted depending on the scale and nature of the work.

Heritage consultants and tradespeople

Specialised Heritage Consultants can assist you in preparing a development application and provide advice on the maintenance of your heritage item. The Office of Environment and Heritage has a directory of Heritage Professionals who offer a range of services.

The NSW Heritage Branch has compiled a Products & Services Directory to assist people in finding heritage tradespeople and products.


The Burra Charter

The Burra Charter defines the basic principles and procedures to be followed in the conservation of heritage places.

These principles and procedures can be applied to a monument, a courthouse, a garden, a shell midden, a rock art site, a cottage, a road, a mining or archaeological site, a whole district or a region.

The Burra Charter has been adopted as the standard for best practice in the conservation of heritage places in Australia.

More information:  Australia ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites