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Heritage conservation

Heritage conservation

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.


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 is partnering with leading professional bodies to provide detailed workshops to help owners achieve a high standard of sustainable conservation.

2014 workshops

In March, ABC TV's Quentin Dempster launched the 2014 workshop series that offer practical advice on conservation techniques and sustainable conservation management.

The program, outlined below, will be developed in response to feedback from participants and demand. For more information or to provide comment, please contact the APT Australasia Chapter convenor at


Workshop program

Date Subject Organisation Coordinator/s
12 April Designing for sustainable change Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Anne Warr, Caroline Pidcock and Murray Brown
17 May History and archaeology – meaning and management APT Australasia Chapter Dr Mac North
24 May Exterior applied finishes – technology and application APT Australasia Chapter Donald Ellsmore, APT convenor
31 May Keeping the water out – roofing and plumbing APT Australasia Chapter Anne Warr
7 June Dealing with damp APT Australasia Chapter David Young
14 June Repointing mortar joints APT Australasia Chapter David Young
21 June Understanding and working with lime Building Limes Forum Australia Jacqui Goddard
28 June Planning and heritage in context – managing change to heritage places Australia ICOMOS Mary Knaggs, A ICOMOS traditional trades working group
5 July Interior decoration and finishes – research and conservation APT Australasia Chapter Donald Ellsmore, APT convenor
TBA Plastering and plaster conservation APT Australasia Chapter in conjunction with Westox Barrie Cooper, Westox

Last updated: Monday, 7 April 2014