Heritage is evidence of the past that is considered the inheritance of present-day society, and something we, as a community, would like to pass on to future generations. This might include historical sites, buildings and the unspoiled natural environment.
Development of heritage properties should retain the significance of the heritage item and/or be reflective of the local character.
If your proposed development affects a heritage property or is proposed within heritage precinct, you should be aware of the following information.
Maintenance or minor works that do not have an impact on the significance of a heritage item or conservation area may be granted an exemption, subject to an assessment by Council's Development Planner Heritage.
Exemptions will not be issued for:
Applications cannot be made for works already started or completed.
Your application must be assessed and approved in writing before you can proceed with proposed works.
Apply for an exemption
Owners of heritage-listed properties in Lake Macquarie can apply for annual small grants, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, to assist with the maintenance of their properties. Applications for grants up to $5,000 will be considered and priority will be given to applications that:
To assess whether your property is eligible for a grant, please call Council's Heritage Support Officer on 4921 0422.
Approval from the NSW Heritage Council is required for development in:
Approval should be sought by completing the Integrated Development section of your Development Application.
Alternatively, applicants may wish to obtain approval prior to development consent by applying directly to the Heritage Council.
Most works to heritage properties require development consent. Please refer to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014, Development Control Plan 2014 applicable Heritage Area Plan and Heritage Guidelines for advice.
Development of properties within a Sensitive Aboriginal Cultural Landscape or within 200m of a site registered in Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System may require additional investigation. Refer to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan, Development Control Plan and the Lake Macquarie Aboriginal Heritage Management Strategy(PDF, 18MB) (appendices 1-3(PDF, 12MB), appendices 4-9(PDF, 4MB)) for specific requirements.
For further information on the key elements of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage assessment process, please refer to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Process Checklist(PDF, 167KB) or Flowchart(PDF, 267KB).