The Heritage Act 1977 protects and conserves archaeological relics in NSW. We consider applications for impacts to archaeological relics.
- relates to the settlement of the area that comprises New South Wales, not being Aboriginal settlement and
- is of State local heritage significance.
The definition is of a relic is no longer based on age. Relics do not encompass all types of information that can be found under the ground. See more information about the definition of a relic in Assessing Significance for Historical Archaeological Sites and Relics.
Proposals to disturb or excavate land
If you are proposing works or an activity that will disturb or excavate land, where relics are suspected and the site is not a State Heritage Register listed item, there are 2 approval pathways you could take:
- meet eligibility for a section 139(4) exception (an excavation permit is not required from us)
- apply for a section140 excavation permit.
Prepare your application
Before you apply for an historical archaeology permit you need to prepare essential supporting documents to include with your application. Certain information is necessary so we can make decisions.
Your application must provide enough information for us to understand what you are proposing to do, and how any potential impacts to archaeological relics will be managed.
- you have all the information required (in digital format)
- reports are the final version (not draft)
- consultation is complete
- reports, plans and consents are consistent
- all documents submitted comply with the mandatory guidelines, codes of practice and Heritage NSW requirements.
Hard copies of documents are not required.