Culture and heritage


Local heritage

Heritage places or objects that are important for the community in a local government area are listed on the local environmental plan (LEP) and managed by the local council.

There are over 20,000 individual local heritage items listed in local environmental plans and many more in the 183 local conservation areas located across the State.

Local councils play an important role in heritage management by identifying, assessing and managing heritage places and objects in their local area.

All local councils are required to identify items of local heritage significance in a heritage schedule to the local environmental plan. A local environmental plan is a planning instrument that councils prepare under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

How to find out about heritage items in your local area

To view items listed on your local heritage schedule, search our online heritage database. For more information on listing an item of local heritage significance, contact your local council.

The role of local councils

For more information on the role of local councils view the Local Government heritage guidelines (localgovernmentheritageguidelines.pdf, 870KB). These have been produced by the Heritage Branch to assist local councils with their heritage responsibilities.

Some local councils can also make interim heritage orders. More information on interim heritage orders.

Heritage Data Form

The Heritage Data Form is available for individuals, community groups or local councils undertaking research on local heritage items. Use this standardised form if you are collecting information on a local place or object or preparing data for a heritage study, conservation management plan or contributing to the online heritage databases. Right-click on the Heritage Data Form (dataformlocal.doc, 101KB) and save it to your PC.

You can also download a document that lists the heritage item types, groups & categories and national and state historic themes to assist you to prepare the form. Heritage Data Form Appendices (shiappendicesv4.pdf, 59KB).

How to obtain the database software free of charge when preparing a heritage study.

Note: Do not use the Heritage Data Form if you wish to prepare a nomination for the State Heritage Register. Go to the Nominating for State Heritage Register listing for further information and to download the prescribed State Heritage Register nomination form.

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Page last updated: 21 May 2013