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Heritage Council

The Heritage Council is an independent statutory body that works to ensure the protection, preservation and promotion of heritage in NSW.

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Draft Design Guide for Heritage

The Heritage Council of NSW in partnership with the NSW Government Architect have developed a Draft Design Guide for Heritage that is intended to make it easier to manage heritage design works.

Have Your Say

The Draft Design Guide for Heritage (PDF 2.6MB) is now available for public comment. The exhibition period provides an opportunity for community members and industry stakeholders to submit feedback on the draft publication.


The draft Design Guide for Heritage is complemented by a set of digital case studies that show how principles of good design have been applied across a wide range of heritage contexts, scales and building types to meet a variety of briefs and requirements. The case studies are currently being developed and will be released later in the year.

Submissions close on 17 August 2018.

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What is the Guide?

The guide provides both general and technical advice to ensure that heritage places, sites and precincts are conserved, maintained and enhanced through good design.

Who is the Guide for?

The guide will assist people who want to make changes to our heritage buildings, sites or precincts. Including:

  • Heritage owners
  • Architects, planners, consultants
  • Developers and builders
  • Local and State government

How will the Guide be used?

It will help practitioners and members of the community to better understand the value and opportunity in our existing built environment, outlining steps to ensure that heritage places are conserved, maintained and enhanced through good design.

Our role

The Heritage Council makes decisions about the care and protection of heritage places and items that have been identified as being significant to the people of NSW.

The role and functions of the Heritage Council of NSW are created by the NSW Heritage Act, 1977 (NSW). Its membership reflects a cross-section of community, government and conservation expertise.The Heritage Council is appointed by the NSW Government to:

  • provide advice on heritage matters to the Minister for Heritage
  • recommend items of State significance for listing on the State Heritage Register
  • recommend the interim protection of potential heritage items so that an assessment of their significance can be made
  • determine proposed changes to items on the State Heritage Register to retain the items' heritage significance
  • advise the community on heritage.

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Heritage Council of NSW


Portraits of New South Wales

This publication was commissioned by the Heritage Council of NSW to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Heritage Act 1977. Portraits of New South Wales celebrates and highlights the diverse heritage of NSW by telling the stories behind a selection of items on the State Heritage Register.

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