Upper Hunter Shire Council is reminding residents, businesses and community organisations that Council approval is required to demolish or alter a heritage item or a building, work, relic or tree within a heritage conservation area.
To assist protect Upper Hunter history, Council also has grants of up to $1000 available to restore heritage items or properties.
Activities such as replacing roof cladding or making changes to the detail, fabric, finish or appearance of a building that is heritage listed or located within a conservation area requires Council approval unless the works are of a minor nature or for maintenance and Council has provided written notification that approval is not required.
Failure to obtain approval is an offence and may result in enforcement action being taken in the form of an Order being served or the issuing of a penalty infringement notice.
If in doubt contact Council’s Department of Environment and Customer Services on (02) 6540 1100 to discuss your plans.
To find out more about the Local Heritage Assistance Fund provided by Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage visit our A-Z Documents page and choose Heritage Guidelines. Funds are available to reinstate or repair heritage items with priority given to State listed heritage items within the Upper Hunter Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013.
Note: The Murrurundi Heritage Conservation Area is shaded red, and the location of heritage items is shaded beige.
To view maps of Upper Hunter heritage items and heritage conservation areas visit our Local Environment Plan click on 'Maps' in the top right hand corner and then choose Heritage Map link.
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Phone: 02 6540 1100
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.