Heritage in Burwood

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Burwood has a rich and diverse history and heritage in the form of buildings, structures and places that play an important role in our community and enhance our local character by providing a connection to the past.

Why list a Heritage Item?

Council seeks to protect significant items through having them listed in Schedule 5 of the Burwood Local Environmental Plan 2012

Heritage Listing an item provides additional controls to ensure that the unique character and history of an item is preserved.

Where can I find out more about a Heritage Item?

A Heritage Item can be a building, work, place, artefact, tree, object or archaeological site.

There are two common types of heritage items within the Burwood LGA:

  1. A locally listed item which has particular heritage value to the Burwood area
  2. State listed item which has regional or state wide significance.

Information about Heritage Items can be found within the State Heritage Inventory, which includes a description of a property or item.

Heritage Conservation Areas (HCAs)

A Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) is a precinct, streetscape, suburb or group of buildings that has particular heritage values that give it a distinct identity worthy of preserving.

Council seeks to protect significant items through their listing as Heritage Conservation Areas that are listed in Schedule 5 of the Burwood Local Environmental Plan 2012

The Burwood Development Control Plan(PDF, 13MB) (DCP) contains information and descriptions of HCAs in the Burwood Area. In addition to guidelines relating to new development within a Heritage Conservation Area.

Further information about Heritage Conservation Areas can be found within the State Heritage Inventory.

Minor Heritage Works - Exemptions

Doing work to a Heritage Listed Item or Property in a Heritage Conservation Area?

Early engagement with Burwood Council can assist in ensuring that your project is consistent with our Heritage controls and expected outcomes.

Our Heritage Advisor can be contacted on 9911 9877.

Exemption from requiring Development Consent – Minor Heritage Works

You may not need development consent (DA approval) if the work does not affect the heritage significance of a building, structure or place.

Clause 5.10(3) of Burwood LEP outlines what work may be carried out to heritage properties or properties within Heritage Conservation Areas without development consent. These include:

  • Replacing roof cladding, like for like. Changing the roof cladding to a different material will need a DA
  • Re-painting with the same colours. Altering the existing colour scheme will require a paint schedule to be submitted with the application.
  • Replacing the front or boundary fence like-for-like (eg replacing an existing timber paling fencewith a new timber paling fence
  • Replacing existing damaged doors and windows like-for-like
  • Minor non-structural works, where the works are like-for-like or similar

The DA Exemption - Minor Heritage Works form(PDF, 200KB) must be submitted to Council for approval of minor heritage work. Please seek advice from our Heritage Adviser before submitting your application.

If your request is approved, you will receive written confirmation that your works do not need consent.

The works must not commence until you receive this written confirmation.

Additional Resources

Heritage Paint Scheme Factsheet(PDF, 557KB)

Hoardings on Heritage items and in HCAs

Council has an approved a Hoarding Policy(PDF, 2MB)  that includes requirements for hoardings on sites where there is a heritage item or within Heritage Conservation Areas. 

For works associated with heritage items or within Heritage Conservation Areas, Council will require as a condition of consent, that historic images of the building or local streetscape or photographs from the Council’s image bank be used as the graphic display.