In NSW there are different types of statutory listings for local, state and national heritage items. A property or object is a heritage item if it is:
- listed in the heritage schedule of a local council's local environmental plan (LEP) or a regional environmental plan (REP)
- listed on the State Heritage Register, a register of places and items of particular importance to the people of NSW
- listed on the National Heritage List established by the Australian Government to list places of outstanding heritage significance to Australia.