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HERITAGE
Dungog Shire has a very interesting and rich heritage, which contributes to the fabric and appeal of the Shire. The planning regulations for the Shire, recognise the importance of the heritage base of the area and are designed to protect and enhance items and sites of heritage significance. A number of studies have been undertaken to identify and assess Aboriginal and European heritage sites, buildings and places of significance within the Shire. Five Conservation Precincts and a list of heritage items of significance have been identified and are protected by the Shire's planning regulations.
The Conservation Precincts are:

  • Dowling Street Dungog - Commercial area
  • Grey Street, Clarence Town
  • Dungog Residential area
  • Paterson Village
  • East Gresford

WHAT IS A HERITAGE ITEM?

A Heritage Item can be a building or groups of buildings, structure, workings, relic, significant tree, streetscape, precinct (cluster of items), moveable object or archaeological site that relates to the history and occupation of the area.
   
WHERE DO I FIND OUT IF MY PROPERTY HAS HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE OR IS A HERITAGE ITEM ?

A list of Heritage Items and Heritage Conservation Areas in Dungog Shire is provided in Schedule 3 of the Dungog Local Environmental Plan 2006. This schedule lists the Heritage Conservation Areas, Heritage Items, Potential Archaeological Sites and Significant Trees. This schedule also indicates whether the item has local, regional or State significance. Council also has a list of Aboriginal sites in the Shire and can advise you of the presence of indentified Aboriginal sites on your property.
   

HOW DOES HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE IMPACT ON WHAT I DO WITH THE PROPERTY?

If your property lies within a Heritage Conservation Zone, is listed as a Heritage Item or includes a Heritage Item, you will need Development Consent from Council if you propose to:

  • Demolish or move a heritage item, or demolish or change any external aspect of a property within a Heritage Conservation Zone.
  • Make any changes to the exterior of a heritage item. This includes painting a building.
  • Make structural changes to the interior of a heritage item.
  • Disturb an aboriginal or archaeological site
  • Erect a building on, or subdivide land within, a Heritage Conservation Area.

The requirements for Conservation Areas and Heritage items are given in:

  • Dungog Local Environmental Plan 2006 - Part 4 (25) - Heritage and Schedule 3 - List of Heritage Items and Heritage Conservation Areas.
  • Dungog Development Control Plan 1 - Heritage Both documents are available from Council's website: www.dungog.nsw.gov.au

   
HOW DO I APPLY FOR DEVELOPMENT CONSENT?

Start by having a Pre-lodgement meeting with Council's Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator. Council will ask you about your proposal and the proposed changes to the Heritage Item. Council will advise you about the specific requirements in relation to heritage and the conservation outcomes that Council will be seeking.

Please bring details of the property, preliminary concept plans and photos of the property and surrounding properties and area to this meeting.

You will then need to lodge a Development Application and supporting information with Council. Information on the Development Application process is available from Council or from Council's website: www.dungog.nsw.gov.au. A Development Application form can be down-loaded from Council's website.

Any Development Application for a property in a Heritage Conservation Area or involving a Heritage item must be accompanied by a Statement of Heritage Impact (SOHI)


   
WHAT IS A STATEMENT OF HERITAGE IMPACT?

A Statement of Heritage Impact (SOHI) is a report that assesses the heritage significance of your property and the impacts of any proposed changes to the appearance, structure or use of the heritage item. The SOHI must address:

  • Why the item is of heritage significance.
  • The proposed changes and how the heritage value of the item will be conserved or enhanced.
  • Why the changes proposed are needed.
  • What measures are proposed to mitigate possible negative impacts.

Where the effect of the proposed work is likely to be detrimental to the heritage significance to an area or item, the SOHI will need to address why the proposal is the only viable solution and explain why alternatives are not.

Information on the preparation of a SOHI and guidelines for preparation are available from the NSW Heritage Office's Website: www.heritage.nsw.gov.au


   
CAN I PREPARE THE STATEMENT OF HERITAGE IMPACT MYSELF?

Possibly…For minor works, it may be possible for you to prepare the SOHI yourself. You will need to take into account all the information contained in Dungog DCP1 - Heritage and other relevant heritage studies available at Council.

In most cases however, the SOHI will need to be prepared by a qualified conservation architect, heritage consultant and/or archaeologist.


   
WHERE CAN I GET ADVICE?

IDungog Shire Council has a Heritage Adviser who can provide assistance and advice. Meetings with the Heritage Adviser can be booked by telephoning Dungog Shire Council.


   
HOW DOES COUNCIL ASSESS MY DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION?

The Development Application and Assessment Process is outlined in the Development Application Process Information Sheet. Where an application is for a property in a Heritage Conservation Zone or involves a Heritage Item, Council will refer the application to its Heritage Adviser for assessment. The Heritage Adviser will make recommendations to Council officers. Council planning staff will then determine the application, or they may ask you to attend a meeting with the Heritage Adviser to discuss your proposal and explore different options.

If your proposal involves:

  • The disturbance or destruction of an Aboriginal site or relic, Council must notify the local Aboriginal Groups and the Director General of the Department of Environment and Conservation.
  • Excavation of a pre 1900's site, you will need to apply for a permit under the Heritage Act.
  • Demolition of a heritage item, Council must notify the NSW Heritage Office. You may be required to appoint a heritage architect and/or archaeologist to fully document the item before and during demolition.
  • Changes to an item classified as being of State significance, your application is classed as Integrated Development and must to be referred to the NSW Heritage Office.

 
WHEN CAN I START BUILDING?

Before your can undertake any building or demolition works on the property you must have Development Approval and a Construction Certificate. Information on how to obtain a Construction Certificate is given in the Construction Certificate Information Sheet, which is available from Council (www.dungog.nsw.gov.au)
 
   
   
Further Information:
Dungog Shire Council | 198 Dowling St Dungog
Ph: (02) 4995 7777 Fax: (02) 49957750
Email: shirecouncil@dungog.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.dungog.nsw.gov.au
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