Information on heritage requirements and funding assistance

Council assists in protecting and managing environmental heritage by identifying heritage items and heritage conservation areas in the Lismore Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and ensuring that development of and near these items and areas does not have an adverse impact on their heritage significance.

A complete list of heritage items and heritage conservation areas are contained in Schedule 5 of the LEP 2012.

In addition to the individual heritage items, there are seven heritage conservation areas within the LGA.

The heritage objectives aim to protect, conserve and enhance the LGA’s natural and cultural heritage (including Aboriginal cultural significance) such as buildings, structures, landscapes and/or historical sites such as Aboriginal bora rings.

What are the different types of heritage listing?

Places can be affected by heritage listings under one or more planning instruments including a Local Environmental Plan, a State Environmental Planning Policy or the State Heritage Register.

Listing as a heritage item or being located in a conservation area may affect what you can and cannot do in that building and/or area. Properties in the vicinity of a heritage item or a conservation area will also be affected to a lesser extent by heritage listing as Council considers the impact of development near these areas.

What is the difference between a heritage item and a place within a conservation area?

If the place you own is listed as a heritage item, Council has determined that the building is of individual importance for its historic, aesthetic, social and/or technical value.

Conservation areas are places where Council has identified a significant streetscape or broader built environment. Characteristics that are commonly considered when identifying conservation areas include its subdivision pattern, the consistency of building materials and the common age of its building stock.

Further information on heritage items and heritage conservation zones can be obtained from the Heritage Council of NSW or you can phone us on 1300 87 83 87.

2015 Local Heritage Assistance Fund now open

Council and the NSW Heritage Office are now calling for applications for the annual Local Heritage Assistance Fund. The grants are made available to carry out conservation works on listed heritage items or items within conservation areas.

The Local Heritage Assistance Fund is designed to assist owners in the repair and conservation of their properties. Grants are a maximum of $2000 and must be matched dollar for dollar by the applicant.

Previous projects have included the restoration of murals in Nimbin; reinstatement of decorative architectural features; repainting; roof and gutter replacement and repairs; and window, fence and verandah repairs.

Please complete and return the application form below. Applications close Wednesday 2 September, and successful applicants will be announced in September.

Application for Local Heritage Assistance Grant

Local Heritage Assistance Fund Fact Sheet