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Local government resources

This page provides access to resources for Local Government to assist with heritage management.

Most of the heritage items on statutory lists in NSW are managed by local councils. This includes over 35,000 individual heritage items listed in Local Environmental Plans, and thousands of contributory items that are located in conservation areas across NSW. Local councils and their communities are at the forefront of the vital task of conserving the heritage of New South Wales.

Local government heritage guidelines

Since February 2002 all local councils have received delegation to undertake certain approval functions of the Heritage Council of NSW. All local councils can now also make interim heritage orders.

The Local Government Heritage Guidelines have been produced to assist your council to implement these new responsibilities.

The Heritage Advisory Services Handbook is a nationally-focussed guide to local government advisory services, produced by the Heritage Chairs & Officials of Australia and New Zealand.

Local government heritage management

The NSW Heritage Grants provides funding to councils to assist with the management of heritage items in their local government area.

There are documents on the Local government heritage management page of this website to help local councils administer this funding.

Database software

An initiative of the Heritage Division to assist in the identification and assessment of heritage items is to provide database software. This software is available free of charge to government agencies, local government and heritage professionals conducting heritage studies and compiling heritage and conservation registers (S.170 registers).

The software can be downloaded from the State Heritage Inventory (SHI) database software page.

Page last updated: 27 January 2017