Heritage Advisory Service and Funding

Council provides a Heritage Advisor service so as to provide regular and ongoing expertise to not only council but the community and owners of heritage properties. A Heritage Advisor assists in promoting urban design and heritage in our Local Government Area. The outcomes of this program have been very positive.

Council's Heritage Advisor is Deborah Wray

To make an appointment please ring 02 6730 2350.

Local Heritage Assistance Fund


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A Local Heritage Assistance Fund has been established by Glen Innes Severn Council with the aid of a grant from the NSW Heritage Office. Owners of heritage properties are now invited to apply for funding under the Heritage Assistance Fund. Eligible projects are those which involve the repair, maintenance or reinstatement of missing items on heritage buildings. These include fences, verandahs, roof cladding and decorative detail, structural work through to final painting of projects.

To receive funding, work is required to be completed by Monday 8th April 2024.

Application forms and guidelines are available from Council’s Directorate of Place and Growth located at 136 Church Street between 8.30am and 4.30pm or, or can be downloaded here:

Heritage Assistance Fund Application Form(PDF, 266KB) & Fund Guidelines 2023-2024(PDF, 68KB)

Owners of buildings in the CBD are particularly invited to apply as priority will be given to these properties.

Examples of the type of work which can be funded under this program include:

• Stabilisation of buildings,

• Painting in approved colour schemes,

• Repairs to stumps, walls, roofs, doors and windows,

• Replacement of guttering and down pipes and

• Reinstating missing components, including verandahs, fences, roof cladding and decorative detail.

The aim is to maintain, preserve or restore elements which contribute to the item’s heritage value.

The funding cannot be used for improvements such as new kitchens or bathrooms. Council’s Heritage Advisor will be available to assist with colour schemes and provide free advice on proposed work.

A limit of $2,000 per grant, to match a similar contribution from the owner, is the guideline. However, this may vary depending on the number of applications received. Council will consider applications where the owner’s contribution is in the form of labour and/or materials rather than cash.

Please note that grants are not made in respect of properties on which rates are unpaid, for works already undertaken or retrospectively.

Applications, including quotations for the proposed work, close on Friday 29th September 2023. Approved works must be completed by Monday 8th April 2024.


Conservation of Heritage in New South Wales

The State Heritage Register is a list of places and objects of particular importance to the people of NSW. The register lists a diverse range of over 1,650 items, in both private and public ownership. To be listed, an item must be significant for the whole of NSW. The register contains additional information about the online database, protecting and managing heritage listed places, funding and heritage professionals.

Fact Sheet - Consent Requirements for Heritage Items(PDF, 275KB)

Fact Sheet - Fences for Heritage Items and Heritage Conservation Areas(PDF, 2MB)

Fact Sheet - Colour Schemes for Heritage Items(PDF, 789KB)

Fact Sheet - Roofing for Heritage Buildings(PDF, 751KB)

Insuring Heritage Listed Buildings

Treasure Trove of Heritage in Glen Innes


Glen Innes buildings within the township and Main Street boast a proud nod to its heritage with many building facades getting a heritage facelift through grants and assistance funding. Families, properties and buildings are very rich in heritage within this picturesq New England Landscape and be delved into further at the Glen Innes Land of the Beardies History House Museum where 13,000 photos and 300,000 records tell stories of our region, Australia’s colonial past, local families and major world events. Academics and students undertaking research, as well as families keen to learn a bit about their ancestors and this area, have found documents and photos that have filled gaps in their knowledge.

Application for Minor Works or Maintenance to a Heritage Item

When is Consent Required?

Demolition, moving, or altering the exterior of a heritage item or any property in a Heritage Conservation Area requires consent under Glen Innes Severn Local Environmental Plan 2012.

However, maintenance and work of a minor nature can be permitted without a formal application. There are also a number of exempt developments which do not need consent which are covered by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

Conditions Apply

The applicant must notify Council in writing of the proposed work and Council must provide a written reply before work is commenced advising that it is satisfied that the proposal would not adversely affect the significance of the heritage item or the Heritage Conservation Area.

In this way works that are not covered by exempt developments such as front fences, small alterations, removal of unsympathetic additions, fibro enclosed verandahs, reinstatement of missing details as evidenced by old photos, etc may use this planning clause.

For further information, please contact Council's Town Planner on 67302360

Application Form for Maintenance and Minor Works(PDF, 178KB)