Council’s endeavor in building and planning is to promote development while preserving the ambiance of the area along with its historical heritage.
Council’s role in planning and building is to check that all projects conform to regulations such as the Upper Lachlan Local Environmental Plan 2010 and the Upper Lachlan Development Control Plan 2010. These documents guide development requirements and consideration associated with local heritage items.
Heritage Listings & Studies
Schedule 1 of the Upper Lachlan Shire Local Environment Plan 2010 list item that are deemed to be of heritage significance. The listing of the heritage items is supported by the Upper Lachlan Shire Heritage Study.
Development consent is required for the demolition, movement, or alteration of the exterior (including, in the case of a building, making changes to its detail, fabric, finish or appearance) of a heritage item or a building, work, relic or tree.
However, some minor works can be undertaken without the requirement of development consent where the applicant has notified the consent authority of the proposed works and the consent authority has advised the applicant in writing before any work is carried out that it is satisfied that the proposed development is of a minor nature and that such would not adversely affect the heritage significance of the heritage item.
All applications for consideration pursuant to this process must be made on Council’s application form.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council has engaged the services of a heritage advisor. The Heritage Advisory Service is a free service provided to the public.
Council utilises the service of the Heritage Advisor to offer heritage advice to the general public for possible renovations and additions to buildings which are either identified as an item of Environmental Heritage or located within a conservation area.
Council also uses the service to provide comments on development applications that are lodged for items of Environmental Heritage or located within a conservation area.
Enquiries for heritage advice contact Council Environment and Planning Department on (02) 4830 1000.
Heritage advice and grants
Council’s Local Heritage Fund aassists owners of significant land or heritage buildings with funding for projects.
Applications are available for preservation works to items of Environmental Heritage. The maximum amount available for any single application is $3,000. It is advised as a minimum, applicants must contribute at least 50% of the total project cost.
Information on the grants period and how to apply is made available to the community in August/September of each year via advertisement.