Local Government in NSW plays a critical role in the conservation and management of heritage. Heritage consists of places and objects inherited from the past that we as a community want to hand on to future generations.

NSW's heritage is diverse and includes buildings, objects, monuments, gardens, bridges, trees, landscapes, archaeological sites, Aboriginal places, shipwrecks, relics, streets, industrial structures and conservation precincts.

Heritage Listings

Councils in NSW are involved in the protection, management and conservation of heritage as both owners and as managers of the majority of heritage items and heritage conservation areas. Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) are prepared by councils to protect heritage items. Heritage items are listed through a Heritage Schedule attached to the LEP. Some councils have special heritage LEPs.

Information on individual heritage listings are also available from the Inventory Sheets from the relevant council or through the State Heritage Inventory database administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage. These sheets generally include a brief statement of the significance of the property, a description, photograph, and some include historic notes.

Local Government NSW Position

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) recognise the importance of measures designed to enhance heritage conservation and protection. LGNSW appreciate the assistance of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in the protection and management of heritage. 


The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage provides funding to councils to assist with the management of heritage items.