Heritage consists of the places and objects that we have inherited from the past and want to pass on to future generations. It defines us as a community, and tells us who we are and where we have come from.
Types of heritage listings
A local heritage item is one which has cultural significance for the local area and is listed on council's Local Environment Plan (LEP) - for example, Henry Kendall Cottage in West Gosford.
A state heritage item is one which has cultural significance for the state of New South Wales, not just the Gosford area. State heritage items are listed on the State Heritage Register – for example, Rosemount in Saratoga.
How are heritage listings made?
In 1977, the NSW Heritage Act legislated that councils must identify, protect and manage heritage through local planning regulations.
The two levels of statutory listing are:
Anyone can nominate an item for heritage listing. If the council resolves to consider a listing, property owners and residents are notified and a draft LEP is placed on public exhibition.
Submission and comments are invited and are taken into consideration before the application for heritage listing goes before council and the NSW Department of Planning.
How do I find out if my property is heritage listed?
Gosford City Council has eleven state heritage listed items within the local government area which fall under the protection of the NSW Heritage Act 1977.
It also has 200 local heritage items listed under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Information on Gosford City Council's current heritage items can be found on the NSW Environment and Heritage website
Council is also currently undertaking a community based heritage study to identify current and potential heritage listings, some listings may change in the future. Once it is completed, a full list will be placed on council’s website.
What does this mean for Development Approvals?
Heritage listing does not mean that properties or buildings cannot be modernised, altered or developed.
Changes may still be made, but must have regard to the site’s heritage significance. Any new work should be undertaken in an appropriate or ‘sympathetic’ way. For example, where possible, a sympathetic addition to a heritage item should keep original features.
New work should not necessarily try to look ‘old’ or copy the architectural detail of the original building, but rather compliment the overall building form, scale, materials and finishes.
For some changes and work to heritage items and properties within heritage conservation areas, a Development Application will need to be lodged for council approval.
Prior to commencing work, and for more information on items that will need to be included in the application, please contact council on 4325 8222.
Properties near heritage items often form a significant part of the setting of the heritage item.
Development near heritage items may be required to minimise any impact on the heritage property in terms of architectural style, scale, setbacks, external materials, finishes and colours.
Heritage small grants
Council offers annual heritage small grants to owners of heritage listed items to help them repair, conserve and maintain the cultural significance of an item.
In the process, it is hoped that this will engender a greater interest and appreciation for conservation for all heritage items within the Gosford area.
Read more on our Grants page.
Heritage Advisory Committee
The Heritage Advisory Committee assists council to develop Gosford City's local heritage provisions and policies in relation to the identification, registration, conservation and development of Gosford's heritage resources.
The cultural significance of a place is embodied in the place itself, its fabric, setting, use, associations, meanings, records, related places and related objects.
NSW Heritage Branch
Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
Geographical Names Board