Local government has a range of heritage responsibilities including:
The key statutory matters relating to heritage are outlined in Council’s Local Environmental Plan and include:
Bega Valley Shire Council’s Local Environmental Plan 2013 provides the framework for management of the Shire’s heritage.
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.
Work does not require development consent if:
Development consent is required for works such as:
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 draft Heritage Conservation Area, search Councils Online Maps, apply for a Section 149 Zoning Certificate or contact Councils Strategic Planning Section for advice.
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 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.
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.
If your property is listed on the State Heritage Register, you may be eligible for funding under the NSW Heritage Incentives Program.