Owning a Heritage Item

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Owning a Heritage Item

 

  
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​Yes, heritage listing acknowledges that places need to change in order to survive and to suit the needs of the occupants.  One of the objectives is to conserve places for future generations, so Council has a responsibility to ensure that work is appropriate and does not reduce the heritage significance of the place.

Some work does not require approval, while other work does.  Most non-structural works to the interior of a heritage item including replacing kitchen and bathroom cupboards and fittings, replacing carpet, painting walls and ceilings, floor coverings, window blinds and curtains does not require approval.  Structural alterations to the interior such as removing walls, opening rooms up, removal of stairs or fireplaces does require approval.

  

​No work is prohibited, each application is judged on its merits.  Council has the ability to approve any work to a heritage item, including subdivision, alterations and additions and dual occupancy. Some of the things to think about when planning new work to a heritage item include:

  • Siting of new work
  • Scale of new work should respect the item
  • Overall balance of a building’s design should be retained, particularly proportions and scale
  • The style of additions may be similar to the existing or may be contemporary but compliment the significance of the item and not detract from it.
  

Most building maintenance does not require approval. This includes:

  • replacement of rotted timber
  • repainting
  • replacing fences
  • garden maintenance
  • replacement of building services including plumbing, wiring and gas fittings
  • repairing roof tiles
  

​Some minor works do not require approval but may be limited in size or location such as:

  • air conditioners (not window units)
  • barbecues
  • bird aviaries
  • clothes lines
  • cubby houses
  • satellite dishes

Some minor works that change the appearance of an item or alters its aesthetic value may require approval such as:

  • painting face brickwork
  • rendering and painting face brickwork
  • adding hoods or external blinds to windows or doors
  • altering a window opening to a doorway
  

​Council has administered an annual local heritage fund since 2002. The fund consists of money provided by Council and the NSW Heritage Office. Upon approval, the fund distributes small amounts of money (up to $1,000) to landholders who own property contained on Schedule 5 of LEP 2013 to use for alterations/maintenance to these heritage items or properties within conservation areas.

Some of the many benefits of the fund are that it:

  • encourages conservation and promotes a positive community attitude to heritage consideration
  • encourages work on heritage items
  • provides a tool to target particular projects

For more information, please contact Council on 02 6648 4000.

 

For more information, please contact Council on 02 6648 4000.