Heritage and Development


Bonds Outlet

Heritage items are those things identified as having heritage significance for a community. They are things which have survived from an earlier time and illustrate how an area has grown and developed.

Warringah has a unique and rich history and the identification and protection of heritage items helps to illustrate this history. Council has a responsibility to identify local heritage items and seeks to preserve the heritage of Warringah by encouraging sensitive management of these public and private items.

Search the Heritage Inventory

There are 145 existing heritage items and heritage conservation areas which are listed in Schedule 5 of Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2011. They include private dwellings, public buildings, gardens, reserves, commercial and industrial buildings, rockpools, landscape features, bus shelters and memorials. A full copy of all Inventory Sheets for Warringah’s heritage items can also be viewed on the NSW Environment and Heritage website.

What Does it Mean if you Own a Heritage Building?

If you own a heritage building, then Council would not like to see that building demolished. However a heritage listing does not mean that a building cannot be changed. Heritage buildings can be altered, extended or modernised, as long as these changes are appropriate and take the buildings heritage significance into account.

A Statement of Heritage Impact needs to be submitted with any development application, which outlines how the proposed changes will affect the identified heritage significance of that item.

Also a listing does not place any extra maintenance requirements on you as an owner.

Local Heritage Fund

Northern Beaches Council has established a fund to offer small grants to property owners for works which help conserve the heritage values of buildings and other items of heritage significance listed in Schedule 5 of the Manly, Pittwater or Warringah Local Environmental Plans.

The types of projects which may be eligible for funding include:

  • repairing structural components (e.g. underpinning walls and repointing brickwork);
  • repainting external walls of buildings;
  • repairing or reinstating walls, windows, verandahs, external balustrades, roof cladding, roof plumbing, and decorative elements of buildings; and
  • repairing historic fences, walls, drainage and bridge structures.

Eligible projects may be offered grants of $200 to $3,000, not exceeding 50% of the value of the project.

Works must be approved and completed before applying for a grant.

Applications for a grant must be submitted to Council by 5pm Friday 31 March 2017.

The total pool of funding for the 2016-2017 financial year is $20,000 across the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. Priority will be given to works which involve repair of buildings or other items whose heritage values may be at risk from deterioration or damage, and to works that contribute to presentation of an item to the general public.

For further information and an application form view the Guidelines and Application Form.