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What is Heritage?

Heritage Listings

Buildings, structures and places of individual value that have heritage significance are considered heritage items. Heritage listing is a formal recognition that the community wants to keep items for future generations. There are different levels of statutory listing including World, State and Local Heritage items.

Heritage items and conservation areas have been identified through various studies undertaken by the City of Parramatta since the 1990's.

For more information on levels of heritage significance click on the link below:


Level of Listings
  • These views and settings are important in demonstrating the place’s role as a centre of colonial administration and contribute to maintaining the integrity of the convict landscape. The World Heritage Committee has recommended that Australia manage the landscape values of the Old Government House and Domain site by studying the visual impact of the current environment and future projects that may affect those values.

    The ‘Conservation Agreement for the protection and conservation of the World and National Heritage values of the Australian Convict Sites, Old Government House and Domain, Parramatta’ addresses the World Heritage Committee’s recommendation and Australia’s obligations under the World Heritage Convention by providing standards for development in the immediate vicinity of the property.

    The Conservation Agreement recognises that development that complies with certain planning controls in Parramatta’s identified ‘Highly Sensitive Area’ will not have a significant impact on the place’s listed values. As such, any development that meets these controls, including height limits, floor space ratios, setbacks, materials and siting, do not need approval under national environment law. The controls also include an allowance for an additional 15% in building height and/or floor space if certain requirements in the agreement are met, such as if the property/development is the winner of a competitive design process.

    Proposed developments that do not meet these requirements in the Conservation Agreement will need to be referred to the Federal Government Department of the Environment for consideration in accordance with the requirements of national environment law.

    The 'Development in Parramatta City and the Impact on Old Government House and Domain's World and National Heritage Listed Values: Technical Report' informed the Conservation Agreement.



  • State heritage items are listed on the State Heritage Register. This list includes only those items which have been identified as having particular importance to the people of NSW including Old Government House in Parramatta Park built in c1799 and enlarged 1815 that is on the State Heritage Register and is also listed as being of State significance.

  • Local heritage items are listed on heritage schedules in the Council's Local Environment Plan (LEP) such as this single storey stone cottage in North Parramatta built in c1850.


    Planning Instruments

    Heritage items and conservation areas have been identified through various studies undertaken by the City of Parramatta since the 1990s.

    The studies undertaken demonstrated the heritage values and significance of items and conservation areas in accordance with the NSW Government’s strict criteria for listing.

    Once identified, they were listed in Council’s planning instruments after a public consultation process.

    Our planning instruments contain lists and maps of all heritage items and conservation areas:

    • Parramatta City Centre Local Environmental Plan 2007 – Schedule 5
    • Parramatta Local Environmental Plan 2011 – Schedule 5

    How to Identify if my property is Heritage Listed?

    Section 10.7 planning certificate will identify if a property is heritage listed or is located within a heritage conservation area.

    We issue a section 10.7 planning certificate with a small fee.


  • Conservation areas are areas where history and elements create a cohesive sense of place that is worth protecting. Elements can include a pattern of subdivision, building style, landscaping and streetscapes.

    List of Heritage Conservation Areas

    There are 18 Heritage Conservation Areas within the City of Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA). These are mapped in the relevant Local Environmental Plan and listed below:


    Boronia Avenue Heritage Conservation Area
    Eastwood/Epping Heritage Conservation Area
    Wyralla Avenue Heritage Conservation Area
    East Epping Heritage Conservation Area
    Essex Street (Epping) Heritage Conservation Area
    Rosebank Avenue (Epping) Heritage Conservation Area
    Beecroft-Cheltenham Heritage Conservation Area (several small areas of bushland only)

    Ermington Silverwater Prison Complex Heritage Conservation Area
    Granville Tottenham Street Heritage Conservation Area
    Harris Park Experiment Farm Heritage Conservation Area
    Harris Park West Heritage Conservation Area
    Oatlands Burnside Homes Heritage Conservation Area
    Parramatta North Parramatta Heritage Conservation Area
    Sorrell Street Heritage Conservation Area
    South Parramatta Heritage Conservation Area
    Rosehill Elizabeth Farm Heritage Conservation Area
    Sydney Olympic Park Millennium Parklands Heritage Conservation Area
    State Abattoirs Heritage Conservation Area






  • An interim heritage order made under the Heritage Act 1977 safeguards a place or object of potential heritage significance for a temporary period of up to 12 months.



Nomination and Removal of a Heritage Item
  • These listings must meet stringent heritage assessment criteria of the NSW Government and generally need to fall into one of the following categories:

    • be historically, aesthetically, scientifically or socially significance
    • be rare and/or connected to historical people
    • be significant in what they represent.
  • Any proposal to remove an item from a heritage list also needs to be stringently tested to show that it no longer meets the assessment criteria. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage provides an online database of heritage inventory sheets for the State and includes information such as a brief history, description of the item, statement of significance and photographs are provided for most heritage properties.

  • The State Heritage Inventory holds information about most statutory protected heritage items in NSW. It includes the State Heritage Register and much more.

    Maintaining the State Heritage Inventory is a requirement of the Heritage Act 1977.

    We maintain information about heritage items on statutory lists and other significant sites also protected under legislation. Collating this information involves working collaboratively with other NSW government agencies, local councils and local Aboriginal land councils.



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