It’s important to carry out regular maintenance and repairs and minor works to heritage properties, including local heritage items and properties within heritage conservation areas, to care for and protect their heritage significance. Generally, development consent is required for any works to a heritage property to assess the impact of works on the heritage significance of a site (Ryde Local Environmental Plan). However, a heritage Minor Works Exemption may be requested in writing for minor works and maintenance that have minimal or no impact on a site, by using the form here.
Minor works may include like for like maintenance and repairs to a window that is not working or reinstating a leadlight window, the replacement of rusty gutters and downpipes, the repainting of a heritage building, and restoring a verandah of fence and gate. As a guide a request for like for like works are similar to Exempt development (State Environmental Planning Policy – Exempt and Complying Development), if not for the site being a heritage property.
For more information and assistance, contact Council’s Heritage Advisor for assistance.