Heritage Resources and Controls

Heritage Resources and Controls
Heritage Home

NSW heritage office

The NSW heritage office also provides incentives for the owners of state heritage listed properties.

NSW Heritage Office

Heritage advisor program

Council provides a free heritage advisory service to the community. Advice can be provided on the following matters:

  • Building restoration
  • Appropriate ways to adapt a heritage building to modern living requirements
  • Development application requirements
  • Information on funding opportunities
  • Any other issues affecting the conservation of heritage buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes in the local area

All owners of older buildings, not just heritage items, can make use of this service.

Our heritage advisor is generally available on Thursdays and can be contacted on 9707 9000.

Development application fee refund

Council allows the refund of development application fees for heritage listed properties in certain circumstances.

Section 5.3.2 of Council's heritage incentives policy provides details of the fee refund eligibility criteria waivers.  A copy of the policy can be accessed by using this link.

Heritage minor works and maintenance requests

Minor works and maintenance to heritage items and places within a heritage conservation area may be allowed without the need for development consent.  This is provided that the development does not have an adverse impact on heritage significance.

You will need to submit details of the work and gain written advice from Council before you can proceed, as set out in the information sheet.

If you require any further information, please contact our heritage advisor.

Minor works and maintenance information sheet

Heritage in the LEP

The LEP contains a list of heritage items, heritage conservations, archaeological sites and aboriginal heritage.


Heritage in the Canterbury-Bankstown Development Control Plan 2023 (DCP):

Within the DCP is the Ashbury and Hurlstone Park heritage conservation areas character statements and the heritage guide.

​​Heritage in the DCP

Exempt and Complying Development Codes SEPP (SEPP):

The SEPP provides guidance on what types of development are deemed exempt or complying. This can be used to understand what is permitted without a development application when dealing with heritage items. It is recommended a heritage or planning consultant is spoken to before undertaking works.


Heritage consultant directory:

Council does not recommend specific heritage consultants, however if you wish to undertake heritage works on your property, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment maintains a directory. The directory is free to use and allows you to search for a specific skill or trade within a specific region i.e., Greater Sydney metropolitan area.

Heritage consultant directory

Council heritage resources:

Council has a range of resources to assist you with finding out more about a property, a place or family members that may have lived within CBCity. Some of the services include:

  • Each month at the Bankstown and Campsie Library and Knowledge Centres’, Council offers a local and family history drop-in session. Exact timings can be found on the local & family history web page.
  • Speakers and tours to learn more about the history of the Canterbury-Bankstown area.
  • Detailed family history collections that our family historians will be happy to help you explore.
  • A collection of databases that can be searched to learn more about family members who may have lived in the area.

More information can be found at the local & family history page.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.