A development application referral usually requires development consent from the local council only. We provide heritage comments if requested under certain circumstances. See Concurrence and referral process for more information.
This is process from application to outcome.
How to request heritage comments
Gather your essential documents
These include, for Aboriginal cultural heritage:
For environmental heritage, these include:
When there is known or suspected historical archaeology to manage, also:
Request pre-lodgement comments
Consider requesting pre-lodgement comments on your proposal.
See Pre-lodgement service for more information about this free service.
Lodge your application
Lodge your application online through the NSW Planning Portal.
What happens next
The approval body refers relevant applications to us (Heritage NSW).
We do a preliminary assessment for completeness within 48 hours.
Once accepted as complete your application is allocated for assessment and the application clock starts. The timeframe is 21 days (28 days for historical archaeology referrals).
The application is assessed to consider the significance of the heritage item, archaeology or the nature and extent of harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage. Internal specialists may provide input.
You may be contacted to discuss your application, request additional information, or clarify details.
An assessment report is prepared.
The approval body is notified of our comments via the Concurrence and Referral ePlanning Portal.
We can refer applications for environmental heritage to the Heritage Council of NSW, who meet once a month.
Reasons for development application referral rejection
When a development application referral (DAR) is rejected by us in the NSW Planning Portal, the reason will be provided. Local councils and applicants will receive notification including this reason via email.
The reasons for DAR rejection include: