Apply for exemption or approval for changes to state heritage register-listed places

To cut red tape and reduce assessment timeframes, the Heritage Council of NSW has delegated a range of functions to the City of Sydney.

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What you need to do

Section 60 fast track applications

To reduce assessment timeframes, a section 60 fast track approval pathway applies to minor works.

To be eligible, the proposal must relate to activities or works to a state heritage register or interim heritage order item, which:

  • will have little or no adverse impact on the heritage significance of the item
  • is not listed as an exemption under the Heritage Act 1977
  • has a cost of works up to $150,000.

The fast track application cannot be used to obtain heritage approval following an integrated development application determination. Also, a section 60 fast track approval cannot be modified, except for minor administrative corrections.

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Works applications (section 60)

The standard section 60 approval pathway is for activities and works:

  • to an item listed on the NSW state heritage register or subject to an interim heritage order
  • that have, or would have the potential to have, a moderate or greater impact on the heritage significance of the item, in the opinion of the Heritage Council (or its delegate)
  • that are not listed as an exemption under the Heritage Act 1977
  • that will exceed an estimated cost of $150,000
  • that are in line with any relevant guidelines.

This is the pathway for heritage approvals following determination of an integrated development application and where modifications may be required.

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Modification to approved works applications (section 65a)

A modification of approval can only be lodged by the original applicant of the standard section 60 works application.

Reasons for modification of a standard section 60 approval may include:

  • minor corrections
  • clarifications
  • amendments
  • additional work.

A section 60 fast track works approval cannot be modified.

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Before you start

This delegation covers applications under the Heritage Act 1977 in our area.

Information and frequently asked questions are available on the Heritage NSW website.

Fees apply.

State heritage inventory

The State Heritage Inventory is an online database containing more than 27,000 heritage items and places on statutory lists in New South Wales.

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