Heritage conservation

Heritage conservation

Sustainable heritage conservation

Are you thinking of restoring or renovating a heritage-listed building or a building in a heritage conservation area?

Do you live in an old house and you're not sure of what changes you can make?

Following our heritage 101 workshop in May 2013, the City of Sydney partnered with leading professional organisations to present detailed practical workshops that will help owners to achieve a high standard of conservation and alterations at a reasonable cost.

2015 workshops

From February until April, as part of the 200-year anniversary celebrations at the National Trust Centre, the City of Sydney is presenting a series of 10 workshops in partnership with:

  • The National Trust (NSW)
  • APT Australasia Chapter
  • Australia ICOMOS
  • Australian Institute of Architects (NSW)
  • Building Limes Forum Australia.

The workshops provide advice on conservation techniques and sustainable conservation management, taking place on Saturdays, starting 7 February.

Follow the links in the table below to find out more about each workshop.

Alternatively, you can email apt.australia.chapter@gmail.com with your enquiries.


Information session 

The 2015 workshop series will be introduced at an information session providing important details about the principles and practices of sustainable heritage conservation at the Harry Jensen Centre, Millers Point on Thursday 5 February at 6pm. This is a free event.  

Bookings and enquiries

You can book your place online or you can contact:

02 9258 0141

Workshop program

Workshop presenters are subject specialists, leading practitioners and skilled tradespeople. 

Workshops include presentations, demonstrations, site inspections and hands-on activities, and include refreshments and lunch at full day workshops. 

Date Workshop Location
7 February History and archaeology – meaning and management National Trust Centre, Millers Point
21 February Planning and heritage in context – managing change to heritage places National Trust Centre, Millers Point
28 February Understanding and working with lime  National Trust Centre, Millers Point
7 March Exterior applied finishes – technology and application National Trust Centre, Millers Point
14 March Dealing with damp and re-pointing mortar joints National Trust Centre, Millers Point
21 March  Keeping the water out – roofing and plumbing National Trust Centre, Millers Point
28 March Understanding and working with wood  All Wood Joinery, Sutherland
11 April   Sustainable design  National Trust Centre, Millers Point
18 April  Interior plaster, decoration and finishes – part 1 research National Trust Centre, Millers Point
25 April  Interior plaster, decoration and finishes – part 2 conservation National Trust Centre, Millers Point

Maintaining our past

There are many beautiful buildings and landmarks within the City of Sydney that need to be treasured for future generations. The City has many systems and projects in place to ensure our rich heritage is preserved.

Heritage floor space scheme

This scheme encourages conserving heritage buildings in the city centre.

Heritage conservation areas

A series of maps outlining where heritage buildings sit in our City.

Heritage works without consent

To make it easier to maintain and repair heritage properties certain development may be carried out without the need for development consent.

Heritage studies

We undertake these studies to ensure heritage items are appropriately conserved.

King Street and Enmore Road paint scheme

Keeping the colour in one of our most colourful neighbourhoods.


Last updated: Friday, 23 January 2015