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Heritage Listing - Frequently Asked Questions


Does heritage listing mean I can't do anything to my house?
No. Alterations and additions are acceptable so long as they retain the important features and detailing of the house.

Where can I get free advice?
If you are renovating or want some help with how to maintain your property Council has a Heritage Advisor who can give free advice. To make an appointment call 9562 1691 or to speak to the Heritage Advisor, call 9562 1746 on Tuesdays.

What does a local listing mean?
There are two heritage lists affecting properties in Rockdale. The main one is the local list which contains the heritage items in the Rockdale Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2011. This local list is also called the local heritage schedule. If your property is heritage listed it is probably a local item. The other list is the State Heritage Register which contains places of state significance. There are only 12 of these in Rockdale and none are domestic sized private houses.

Are there benefits to being heritage listed?
Yes, for example:

  • The property has a heritage restricted valuation available through the NSW Valuer General which can be applied in order to get reduced rates and reduced land tax
  • Retaining the character of a place can contribute to its charm and desirability
  • No fees on simple development applications (i.e. when a development application is only required because the property is a heritage item)
  • Council has a heritage advisory service to provide free advice on heritage alterations and conservation
  • Council will consider different uses for a property even though it might be prohibited by other planning rules (for example, use of a dwelling house for professional suites) provided the proposed use will conserve the heritage item

More information is also available about what heritage listing means.

Can I get a heritage grant?
Currently there are no local heritage grants available. Grants are only available for places of State significance. However from time to time, other grants become available through various sources - for more information go to Community Builders.

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