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Maintaining Our Past

Old Government House across the front lawn from right to left

As the City of Parramatta continues to grow and change, recognising and protecting the architectural heritage that defines our streets and neighbourhoods is an essential part of our planning work.

Building upkeep

Regular maintenance and upkeep of heritage buildings is essential for their conservation and protection. Buildings need to be kept structurally sound and weather proofed. Often major jobs can be prevented if simple maintenance is carried out on a regular basis. City of Parramatta has a strong interest in ensuring adequate maintenance of heritage properties. Notices can be served requiring work to be undertaken to neglected and derelict properties. Proposals to demolish heritage buildings or remove them from the heritage lists even when they are in a neglected condition, will be strongly resisted by City of Parramatta.

The Office of Environment and Heritage has Maintenance Series Information Sheets which are technical notes providing practical advice on a range of maintenance problems from rising damp to roof plumbing.

Colour schemes

City of Parramatta only provides general guidelines for colour schemes, painting and maintenance of buildings in heritage and character precincts. We do not prescribe colours that you must use however, an exterior colour scheme sympathetic to the era of your house can make a significant contribution to the appearance of a building and its overall presentation.

A good exterior colour scheme should not only incorporate colours appropriate to the architectural style but also have a logical theme over the different elements, such as all windows sashes in the one colour, and be practical for local conditions.

There are a number of books and references available that can help you find the right colours for your house.

A number of resources are available at City of Parramatta's libraries. The following publications are a good starting point:

  • Colour Schemes for Old Australian Houses and More Colour Schemes for Old Australian Houses by Ian Evans
  • Historic Colour Schemes Volumes 1 and 2 by Ian Stapleton.


Where possible we recommend you use tradespeople who have experience in repairs and maintenance of heritage properties. Before engaging a service provider, you should:

  • check their suitability for your project requirements
  • check their qualifications, memberships and accreditation
  • ask about relevant experience and to see examples of previous work
  • request references from previous clients.

The Office of Environment and Heritage offers a directory of tradespeople and professional organisations specialising in heritage work.