Making an application to council?

What information will I need for an application to Council?

In addition to plans and other information you will need to submit a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS).  The HIS should describe the heritage significance of the place, how the proposed work affects that significance, what measures have been taken to mitigate negative impacts and why other options were not considered.

How long will my application take?

Applications to heritage items may take longer to process because they may be advertised in the local papers for four weeks and all submissions received during that period must be considered.  Some applications may need to be determined at a Council meeting so additional time is needed to prepare a report and put the application to Council. 

Additions and alterations

The type of addition to a heritage item depends on many factors, including the size and orientation of the property, the location of trees, the garden and its setting.  The main types of additions to houses are:

Lean-to additions

  • traditional form for a rear addition
  • usually acceptable

Wing additions

  • usually to side or rear of house
  • roof pitch matches that of the main house
  • usually acceptable but depending upon the size and orientation of lot

Pavilion additions

  • new rooms/facilities connected by covered link usually at rear or side of house
  • recommended for items of high significance
  • style and materials can be different to main house

Basement additions

  • suited to houses on sloping sites where underfloor areas can be excavated
  • successful when lot slopes to rear of site

Attic additions

  • suitable for houses with high pitched roofs
  • floor area limited by pitch and footprint of roof
  • new dormer windows of appropriate scale on main elevations
  • can be successful on Federation period houses and some other styles

New storey

  • difficult to achieve due to amount of change
  • limited by other planning codes (DCP 38)