Approval for variation of an excavation permit is granted under section 144 of the Heritage Act 1977.
Reasons for a variation may include, but are not limited to:
- change in archaeological personnel, such as the excavation director
- change of applicant
- change in the scope of the minor works.
This is the process of application lodgement to outcome.
How to apply
Gather your essential documents
Changes to the proposal should be clearly outlined in the documents attached with your application.
To change the excavation director, the following must be provided:
To change the applicant, the following must be provided:
Hard copies of documents are not required.
Request pre-lodgement comments
Consider requesting pre-lodgement comments on your proposal.
See Pre-lodgement service for more information about this free service.
Set up your user account
Register a user account for the Heritage Management System if you are a first-time user.
Lodge your application
Lodge your application online via the Heritage Management System.
You will receive an application ID and payment receipt.
Your application is checked for completeness within 14 days.
What happens next
Once accepted as complete, your application is allocated for assessment and the application clock starts. The timeframe is 21 days.
The nature and extent of impact on the significance of the archaeology is assessed. Internal specialists may provide input.
You may be contacted to discuss your application, provide additional information or clarify details.
An assessment report is then prepared with recommendations for determination.
The Heritage Council of NSW is the approval body,
The Heritage Council meets once a month. We can refer applications to the Heritage Council if:
You can check the status of your application by logging into the Heritage Management System go to the dashboard section ‘My open applications’.
You will be informed of the outcome in writing.