What is heritage?

Heritage is the evidence of the past, such as historical sites, buildings, and the unspoilt natural environment, considered collectively as the inheritance of present-day society and that we as a community would like to pass on to future generations.

Heritage listings

Heritage listings can differ and will either have a state or local significance. State heritage listings are places and sites that have significance to the state of NSW and local (Council) heritage listings are local heritage items which have significance to the local area. To check if your property is heritage listed, please visit the Lake Macquarie LEP Schedule 4 and 5.

For information on what criteria is used to assess the heritage significance of a place, please visit the NSW Heritage Office website. If you would like to nominate a place for heritage listing, please contact Council's Heritage Support Officer on 02 4921 0333 for information on heritage listing.

Heritage listed properties 

Prior to altering a heritage property please refer to the Lake Macquarie LEP and DCP. In the case of the removal or demolition  of a heritage property, a development application is required. Before lodging a development application or if you require further information on the LEP and DCP, please contact Council's Development Planner - Heritage Focus on 02 4921 0333 for advice.

If would like information on how to nominate a place for heritage listing please contact Council's Heritage Support Officer on 02 4921 0333.

Heritage Grants

Owners of heritage listed properties in Lake Macquarie are invited to apply for annual small grants, on a dollar for dollar basis, to assist with the maintenance of their properties. To assess whether your property is eligible for a grant, please view our local heritage assistance fund guidelines or call Council's Heritage Support Officer on 02 4921 0333.

Applications are open each year between August and September.

Public access to heritage properties

Heritage properties can be used for both private and public use. If you own a heritage property and it is used only for private use, the general public will not have the right of access to your private property.

Who can I contact for advice on Heritage Properties

Council's Development Planner - Heritage Focus on 02 4921 0333 for advice regarding works to a listed heritage item or to a site within a heritage conservation area or heritage precinct.

Council's Heritage Support Officer on 02 4921 0333 for advice on heritage grants and listing of heritage items.

More Information

Useful Links

Office of Environment and Heritage

Access the NSW Heritage Online Database, find out how to list items on the NSW State Heritage Register, apply for changes to state heritage places, archaeological permits and heritage grants for state listed heritage items.

Office of Environment and Heritage – Aboriginal people and cultural life

Understand Aboriginal Land Management, places of significance and Aboriginal cultural heritage. Download policies and information guides.

State Library of New South Wales

Search library catalogues and collections. Utilise services such as Australian Indigenous, and Family History Services.

Office of Environment & Heritage –Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) Web Services

Search your property to identify whether any known Aboriginal places or sites exist.