Heritage listings

Heritage listings reflect formal recognition by the state government or by Council that a place is worth conserving for future generations. 

The City of Canada Bay has over 500 heritage items and 20 conservation areas listed in the Canada Bay Local Environmental Plan, 2013.  These places reflect the rich history of the area and include houses, industrial sites, parks, street trees, commercial buildings, schools and churches.

To find out more about the benefits and effects of heritage listing for owners and the community, the facts versus the myths, and for a practical insight into how to make sympathetic changes, download Heritage Listing Explained - What it means for you, a brochure prepared by the Heritage Council of New South Wales. 

What are the different types of heritage listing?

Places can be affected by heritage listings under one or more planning instruments including a Local Environmental Plan, a State Environmental Planning Policy or the State Heritage Register.

Types of heritage listing that might affect a place include listing as a heritage item or being located in a conservation area. Properties in the vicinity of a heritage item or a conservation area will also be affected to a lesser extent by heritage listing as Council considers the impact of development in the vicinity of a heritage item and conservation area .

What is the difference between a heritage item and a place within a conservation area?

If the place you own is listed as a heritage item, you will know that Council has determined that the building is of individual importance for its historic, aesthetic, social and/or technical value.  A heritage inventory sheet will set out the main reason why the place has been listed as a heritage item.  Heritage inventory sheets for heritage items and conservation areas in the City of Canada Bay can be downloaded from the Heritage NSW website.

Conservation areas are places where Council has identified a significant streetscape or broader built environment.  In these areas a group of buildings, often combined with an important subdivision pattern, will form a significant townscape or streetscape.  A conservation area will usually have a consistent form, scale and architectural language which are considered worthy of protection. Sometimes a conservation area is significant for its diversity and evidence of the changing patterns of development in an area. 

Inclusion in a conservation area does not always mean that the streetscape is perfectly formed.  Often there will be elements that are inconsistent.  These are sometimes known as discordant or non-contributory elements.

How do I know if my property is affected by a heritage listing?

The best way to identify whether a property  is affected by a heritage listing in a Local Environmental Plan or a Regional Environmental Plan is by obtaining Section 10.7 certificate from the Council. You can also use Council's online Application Search & Property Enquiry and enter the property address.

A Section 167 application to NSW Office of Environment and Heritage can be used to obtain an evidentiary certificate stating whether a place is listed on the State Heritage Register.  Please note that this form will not provide advice about whether a place is affected by a local or regional planning instrument.

Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas are areas in which the historical origins and relationships between the various elements create a sense of place that is worth keeping.  Characteristics that are commonly considered when identifying conservation areas include its subdivision pattern, the consistency of building materials and the common age of its building stock. 

The following outlines the criteria for determining whether a place is considered to be contributory, neutral or infill within the conservation area:

Was built during a period directly relating to the significance of the conservation area as identified in the statement of significance for the conservation area.  Is substantially intact. Alterations are reversible.

Was built during a period directly relating to the significance of the conservation area as identified in the statement of significance for the conservation area. Alterations are unlikely to be reversed.

Was built in a period later than any directly relating to the significance of the conservation area or is a detracting element.

The City of Canada Bay has 20 conservation areas listed in the Canada Bay Local Environmental Plan, 2013.  An analysis of each conservation area including a statement of significance, description and map are available in Appendix 1 - Conservation Areas of the Canada Bay Development Control Plan.