Heritage Conservation

Local buildings, structures and places with heritage significance are formally recognised by Council to ensure our community’s history and culture is preserved for future generations.

We offer advice on maintenance, restoration and development proposals and will make free site visits to help you make decisions about your heritage property. For more information, or to arrange a site viewing, please contact us.

Heritage Conservation

Heritage consists of places and things that we want to keep and pass on to future generations.

Heritage items and heritage conservation areas have heritage significance which means they demonstrate historical, scientific, cultural, social, archaeological, architectural, natural or aesthetic values.

A heritage item means a building, work, place, relic, tree, object or archaeological site that is listed in Council’s Local Environmental Plans and has heritage significance.

Information about the local or state significance of each item can be found within the State Heritage Inventory:

A heritage conservation area means an area of land identified in Council’s Local Environmental Plans and includes a building, work, place, relic, tree, object or archaeological site situated on or within the land and has heritage significance.
Georges River Council has over 300 heritage items and 3 Heritage Conservation Areas that are listed in Council’s Local Environmental Plans. The Heritage Conservation Areas include:

  • Penshurst Heritage Conservation Area;
  • O’Brien’s Estate Heritage Conservation Area; and
  • Kogarah South Heritage Conservation Area.

Council’s Heritage Conservation Area Assessment Guidelines under the Kogarah Development Control Plan 2013 provide detailed information for property owners who are thinking of proposing changes to their properties.
Council offers advice on maintenance, restoration and development proposals and will provide free heritage advice. For more information, please contact us.

Heritage Grants Program

Our Heritage Building Grants Program provides financial support to help conserve heritage listed buildings or initiate a heritage project.

The 2018/19 Heritage Building Grants Program is open from Monday 29 July 2019 to Friday 30 August 2019.

Heritage Works Exempt From Development Consent

You may not require development consent if you are carrying out work which will not directly affect the heritage significance of a building, structure or place.

To make it easier for owners to maintain and repair their properties, Clause 5.10(3)(a)(i) and (ii) of the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 and the Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012 specifies certain development that may be carried out to heritage items or properties within heritage conservation areas without the need for development consent.

The type of work that may apply to this clause is minor work such as re-painting a building in an original or appropriate colour scheme, replacing instrusive windows with appropriate timber framed windows or restoring details of a verandah to its original detail.

The Development Consent Requirement Exemption Form is required to be submitted to Council for approval for this type of heritage related work.

Please seek advice from Council’s Strategic Planning team before submitting your application.

In some cases, approval under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 may be required for the relevant works.

If your request is approved, you will receive written confirmation declaring that your works do not require consent. You may not commence works until you receive written confirmation.


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