Heritage works without consent

Approval required

The best way to conserve heritage items and places in heritage conservation areas is to carry out regular maintenance and repairs.  Some types of minor works may also improve the serviceability of the place without negative impacts on heritage significance.

These works may include re-painting a building in an original or appropriate colour scheme, replacing rusty gutters and downpipes to match original details or restoring a front verandah to its original detail.

To make it easier for owners to maintain and repair their properties, the Sydney Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 specifies certain development that may be carried out to heritage items or within heritage conservation areas without the need for a development application.

Works can only be carried out without a development application when

  • the consent authority has been notified and given approval in writing
  • they're minor, to maintain and not affect the significance of a heritage item, Aboriginal object, place of heritage significance or archaeological site or within a heritage conservation area

An application form still needs to be completed for these works.

In some instances, approval under part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 may be required for the relevant works. Please seek pre-application advice from the relevant City staff before submitting this application.

If your request is approved, you will receive written confirmation that your works do not require consent. You cannot commence work until you receive this written confirmation from the City and you should keep the confirmation for your records.

The City will not consider requests for works that have already been commenced or completed.

Please complete the form below and email it with your supporting documents to planninglodgements@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au


For general planning advice you can make an appointment to speak to a duty planner.

Last updated: Wednesday, 1 July 2020