Maintaining Heritage Buildings

The best way to conserve heritage items and places in heritage conservation areas is to carry out regular maintenance and repairs. Some types of minor works may also improve the serviceability of the place without negative impacts on heritage significance.

These works may include re-painting a building in an original or appropriate colour scheme, replacing rusty gutters and downpipes to match original details or restoring a front verandah to its original detail.

To assist with the maintenance of older buildings within the Bathurst Region, Council offers a small grants program in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Further information on this grant program can be found here.

Council also offers a free Heritage Advisory service. This service enables owners to seek advice about their buildings from a qualified heritage architect on a number of matters. Further information on this program can be found here.

The Heritage Survival Kit has been developed by Bathurst Regional Council to assist private residential property owners maintain Bathurst's unique heritage. Further information can be found here.

Council has updated its Heritage Trades List which includes over 300 heritage contacts for local heritage trades within the Bathurst region. Further information can be found here.

There are a number of useful maintenance guidelines and reference books available specific to maintaining heritage buildings. Some useful publications can be found here.

Rising damp and salt attack is a serious problem within the Bathurst Region. The Heritage Council of NSW and the NSW Heritage office have produced two publications to assist property owners better understand this problem and identify methods to rectify the problem. Links to the documents can be found here.

Minor Works to Heritage Items

Clause 5.10 of the Bathurst Regional Local Environmental Plan 2014 relates to heritage conservation. Subclause 5.10(3) permits some minor works to be undertaken without consent. Minor works generally include repairs and maintenance of heritage buildings, painting of a residential building in a colour scheme devised by Council's Heritage Advisor or replacement of building elements on a "like for like" basis.

You must check with Council to determine whether the work you intend to do could be considered as "minor" prior to commencing the work. A letter should be submitted to Council, accompanied by details of the proposal for consideration together with any plans, product brochures, colour samples or photos. Council will confirm whether or not a development application must be submitted within 28 days of lodgement.

There is no fee for this request.

If your request is approved, you will receive written confirmation that your works do not require consent. You cannot commence work until you receive this written confirmation from Council and you should keep the confirmation for your records.

If you have any questions or need assistance relating to this matter, please contact Council's Senior Heritage Planner on 02 6333 6211.