Heritage Exemption Application

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:

  • Demolition
  • Erecting a building
  • Change of use
  • Removal/pruning of trees

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.


Step 1.Register or sign in

To apply for a Heritage Exemption online, you must be registered with Council's Online Services. Registration can take up to one business day to process. If you are already registered and would like an update on your exemption please sign in.

Register or sign in

Step 2.Heritage consultant

As part of your application to Council, you will be asked to advise how the work will affect the heritage significance of the listed property or item. You may wish to engage a heritage consultant to assist with this.

Step 3.State approval

If your property or item is on the State Heritage Register, you will need to obtain an approval/exemption from the NSW Heritage Council before making an application to Council.

You will need to submit an electronic copy of this approval/exemption with your Council application.

Step 4.Gather documents

You will need to upload a location plan (a map indicating the locations of the site) and photos of the listed property or item with your application. You can upload multiple photos by inserting them into a single Word document.

You may also wish to supply a simple sketch or plan of the proposed works and any relevant product samples, specifications, colours or material. 

For further advice, contact our Customer Service Centre on (02) 4921 0333 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm).

Step 5.Apply

Once you've gained any relevant state approvals and gathered the required documents, you are ready to apply for your Heritage Exemption.

Apply online