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Minor works or maintenance to a Heritage Item

The Cessnock Local Environmental Plan 2011 specifies certain development that may carried out to heritage items, or within heritage conservation areas, without the need for a development application.

Clause 5.10 (3) of the Cessnock Local Environmental Plan 2011 states that development consent for works on a heritage item or in a heritage conservation area is not required if:

(a) the applicant has notified the consent authority of the proposed development and the consent authority has advised the applicant in writing before any work is carried out that it is satisfied that the proposed development:

(i)  is of a minor nature or is for the maintenance of the heritage item, Aboriginal object, Aboriginal place of heritage significance or archaeological site or a building, work, relic, tree or place within the heritage conservation area, and
(ii)  would not adversely affect the heritage significance of the heritage item, Aboriginal object, Aboriginal place, archaeological site or heritage conservation area, or

(b) the development is in a cemetery or burial ground and the proposed development:

(i)  is the creation of a new grave or monument, or excavation or disturbance of land for the purpose of conserving or repairing monuments or grave markers, and
(ii)  would not cause disturbance to human remains, relics, Aboriginal objects in the form of grave goods, or to an Aboriginal place of heritage significance, or

(c) the development is limited to the removal of a tree or other vegetation that the Council is satisfied is a risk to human life or property, or

(d) the development is exempt development.

This generally includes ‘like for like’ replacement/rectification works. This may include re-painting a building an original colour or appropriate colour scheme, replacing gutters and down pipes to match original detail or restoring a front verandah to its original detail.

To apply for a minor work or maintenance approval, please complete the following form:

Minor works and maintenance form

Note: Applications cannot be made for works already commenced or partially completed.

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.

Council’s Heritage Advisor is available to discuss your plans. Please call Strategic Planning on 02 4993 4155 to schedule an appointment.