Development of heritage affected properties
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 can differ and will have either 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 that have significance to the local area. To check if your property is heritage listed, please visit the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014, Schedule 5 Environmental Heritage.
For information on what criteria is used to assess the heritage significance of a place, please visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website. If you would like to nominate a place for heritage listing, please contact Council's Heritage Support Officer on 02 4921 0333.
Heritage listed properties
Prior to altering a heritage property please refer to the Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (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.
If would like information on how to nominate a place for heritage listing please contact Council's Heritage Support Officer on 02 4921 0333.
What works can be granted a Heritage Exemption?
Clause 5.10 (3) of the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014 states that the relevant works can only be carried out without development consent when:
(a) the applicant has notified the consent authority of the proposed development and the consent authority has advised the applicant in writing before any work is carried out that it is satisfied that the proposed development:
(i) is of a minor nature or is for the maintenance of the heritage item, Aboriginal object, Aboriginal place of heritage significance or archaeological site or a building, work, relic, tree or place within the heritage conservation area, and
(ii) would not adversely affect the heritage significance of the heritage item, Aboriginal object, Aboriginal place, archaeological site or heritage conservation area.
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 Heritage Planner. However, an exemption will not be issued for the following:
- 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 approval granted in writing before you can proceed with your proposed activity/works.
Local Heritage Places Grants 2019 to 2020
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. Applications for grants up to $5000 will be considered, and priority will be given to applications that:
- involve urgent repairs, for example keeping water out of buildings; or
- are for high profile buildings which form part of historic streetscapes; or
- are for buildings within heritage conservation areas e.g. Teralba
To assess whether your property is eligible for a grant, please view our Local Heritage Places Fund Guidelines or call Council's Heritage Support Officer on 02 4921 0422 between Monday and Wednesday.
Applications for the 2018/2019 round of the Local Heritage Places Fund close on Monday 17 June 2019.
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
Contact 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.
Contact Council's Heritage Support Officer on 02 4921 0333 for advice on heritage grants and listing of heritage items.
- DCP No.1 - Part 2 - General Principles of Development - Section 2.4 - Heritage
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.6 - Dudley Heritage Precinct
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.7 - Morisset Hospital Grounds Heritage Precinct
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.8 - Catherine Hill Bay Heritage Conservation
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.9 - Cooranbong Seventh Day Adventist Heritage Precinct
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.1 - Boolaroo Heritage Precinct
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.2 - West Wallsend/Holmesville Heritage Precinct
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.3 - Teralba Heritage Precinct
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.4 - Toronto Heritage Precinct
- DCP 2014 - Part 11 - Area Plans - 11.5 - Rathmines RAAF Based Heritage Precinct
- DCP 2014 - Part 12 - Area Plans - 12.15 - Pasminco
- DCP Heritage Guidelines
- West Wallsend Heritage and Urban Design Guidelines for Appletree Grove Estate
- Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Strategy
- Lake Macquarie Aboriginal Community Plan 2012 - 2015
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.
State Library of New South Wales
Search library catalogues and collections at the State Library of New South Wales. 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 using the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) Web Services.
Page last updated: 01 May 2019