Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Heritage conservation

Local government and heritage management

Local government has a range of heritage responsibilities including:

  • Identifying and protecting heritage, sometimes in compliance with state government requirements
  • Acting as approval authority for the development of heritage places
  • Administering land use planning laws
  • Acting as an owner, manager or trustee of heritage places.

The key statutory matters relating to heritage are outlined in Council’s Local Environmental Plan and include:

  • A statement of aims or purpose
  • Designation of places of heritage significance (through a local heritage schedule)
  • Development control over changes to places of heritage significance.

Check the Local Environment Plan for local heritage listings 

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Local Environmental Plan 2013 provides the framework for management of the Shire’s heritage.

  • Items of local and state heritage significance are identified in Schedule 5 of the LEP.
  • Items of state heritage significance are listed on the NSW State Heritage Register and owners of these properties also need approval from the Heritage Council of NSW, as integrated development under Section 91 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.  When proposing to make any significant changes to items on the State Heritage Register it is recommended that you contact the Heritage Office for preliminary advice. The number is 02 9873 8500.

The LEP requires owners of listed items to apply to Council before making certain alterations or additions. In assessing development applications involving changes to heritage items, Council tries to achieve a balance between retaining the heritage significance of a place and enabling them to continue to be used as a functional modern home or commercial building.

Getting approval to carry out work

Work does not require development consent if:

  • Council determines the proposed development is of a minor nature or consists of maintenance of the heritage item.
  • The proposed development would not adversely affect the significance of the heritage item.
  • The proponent has notified the consent authority in writing of the proposed development, completed an application for minor works to heritage item or place and the consent authority has advised the applicant in writing, before any work is carried out, that it is satisfied that the proposed development consent is not otherwise required by this plan.

Development consent is required for works such as:

  • Demolition of a heritage item
  • Altering a heritage item by making structural changes to its interior
  • Altering a heritage item by making structural or non-structural changes to the detail, fabric, finish or appearance of its exterior.  The exception being changes resulting from any maintenance necessary for its ongoing protective care which does not adversely affect its heritage significance, that have been authorised in writing by Council
  • Erecting a building within a heritage conservation area
  • Subdividing land on which a heritage item is located or that is within a heritage conservation area
  • Moving the whole or part of a heritage item

Heritage Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas are areas in which their history and elements such as pattern of subdivision , building style and siting, landscaping and streetscape create a sense of place that is worth preserving.
Within Conservation Areas there is a focus on the protection of the external envelope of buildings, gardens and structures.

Conservation Areas generally recognise that many buildings have heritage value and are expected to be retained, while other buildings are not expected to be retained as they may be of little heritage value.

To check whether your property is located within a Heritage Conservation Area, search Councils Online Maps, apply for a Section 149 Zoning Certificate or contact Councils Strategic Planning Section for advice.

Development in the vicinity of heritage items

If a development is proposed within the vicinity of a heritage item or Conservation Area, Council will consider whether the proposed development detracts from the importance of the heritage item in the local streetscape or townscape or from the character of a conservation area.

Council defines the vicinity as being within generally a 100m radius from the heritage building or Conservation Area.

Council’s heritage advisor can help

Council provides the services of a heritage advisor who can assist with heritage related matters. This service is generally free to owners of heritage-listed properties however fees may apply in some cases.  Generally Council’s Heritage Advisor visits the Shire once a month. 

Appointments must be booked in advance by calling Councils Strategic Planning section on 6499 2222.

Funding assistance

The Local Heritage Assistance Fund has been established by Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to encourage the conservation, restoration and presentation of heritage buildings, sites and heritage conservation areas throughout the Shire.

Each year, owners and managers of heritage items are eligible to apply for dollar for dollar grants of up to $5,000, or a grant of up to $2,500 for pensioners or self-funded retires.

Visit the Grants and Scholarships to find out how and when to apply for the Local Heritage Assistance Grants.

If your property is listed on the State Heritage Register, you may be eligible for funding under the NSW Heritage Incentives Program.

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