What is a Heritage Conservation Area?
A Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) is an area recognised and valued for its special historical and aesthetic character. Important elements that contribute to the heritage significance of a HCA include the architectural style of buildings, fences, trees and gardens.
HCAs protect not just single homes but whole areas from inappropriate development.
How was my area identified as a HCA?
Is my property in a HCA?
Get a Section 149 Planning Certificate (pdf. 334KB) from Council for confirmation.
Identify yourself using our online mapping tool (Maps->Planning->Heritage)
How to use web map to find out if my property is a heritage item or within a heritage conservation area
- Click the link to online mapping.
- Click the search button tab.
- Select property and then address from the drop down menu.
- Complete the address detail and select find address.
- When the map appears for the specified address, click the maps tab and select planning and then heritage from the drop down menu.
- The heritage map should then be displayed with the corresponding legend.
Is my property being considered for inclusion in a HCA?
To find out the status of planning proposals with potential heritage conservation areas in Ku-ring-gai please visit the Department of Planning and Environment’s Local Plan Making Tracking System.
Your Development Application (DA) must consider the impact the development would have on the heritage significance of the HCA.
Our development controls cover external features of properties such as building facades and landscaping. They do not impact on internal features.
Refer to the following documents for the heritage development controls:
Minor works or maintenance
Minor Works Application (Conservation Area)
Minor Works Application (Heritage Item)
Minor Works to Heritage Items and Properties in a Heritage Conservation Area Application Guidelines (pdf. 195KB)
Need help? - Heritage Consultants Directory
A heritage professional can offer advice on the opportunities and constraints of redeveloping in a HCA and assess your development plans. The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage provides a directory of heritage professionals offering a range of services.
Heritage Consultants Directory
Pre-DA consultation service
Our heritage assessment staff can provide feedback on your development proposal to ensure your development is sympathetic with the heritage significance of the HCA.
About the Pre-DA consultation
Apply for a Pre-DA consultation
Information about the heritage significance of each HCA can be viewed below.
To identify which HCA your property is located within, use our online mapping tool (Maps->Planning->Heritage).
Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan 2015
C1 Wahroonga (pdf. 63KB)
C2 Heydon Avenue, Warrawee and Woodville Avenue, Wahroonga (pdf. 62KB)
C3 Warrawee (pdf. 67KB)
C4 Mahratta (pdf. 60KB)
C6A Ku-ring-gai Avenue (pdf. 66KB)
C8A Pymble Heights (pdf. 56KB)
C9 Fernwalk (pdf. 57KB)
C10A Orinoco Street (pdf. 57KB)
C11 Pymble Avenue (pdf. 61KB)
C12 Gordondale Estate (pdf. 54KB)
C13 Roberts Grant (pdf. 53KB)
C14 Love Estate, Thorne Grant (pdf. 53KB)
C15 Gordon Park Estate, McIntosh and Ansell (pdf. 54KB)
C16A St Johns Avenue (pdf. 57KB)
C19 Smith Grant (pdf. 54KB)
C20 Greengate Estate (pdf. 55KB)
C21 Springdale (pdf. 56KB)
C22 Crown Blocks (pdf. 64KB)
C23 Lynwood Avenue (pdf. 54KB)
C24 Marian Street (pdf. 56KB)
C25A Stanhope Road (pdf. 57KB)
C26 Oliver Grant (pdf. 54KB)
C30 Frances Street (pdf. 53KB)
C30A Lindfield West (pdf. 53KB)
C32 Clanville (pdf. 55KB)
C33 Earl of Canarvon (pdf. 54KB)
C34 Archbold Farms (pdf. 55KB)
C37 Garden of Roseville Estate (pdf. 57KB)
C38 Shirley Road (pdf. 57KB)
Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan (Local Centres) 2012
Ku-ring-gai Local Centres Development Control Plan (pdf. 4MB) - refer to Part 19G
The HCAs were originally identified by the National Trust in a State wide survey in 1992. From the late 1990s to early 2000s, Council received a number of petitions from residents requesting Council to review the areas identified by the National Trust as potential conservation areas managed by Council.
From 2001 to 2005, Council commissioned heritage consultants to review the areas identified by the National Trust. The heritage reviews were widely exhibited but Council did not have authority to proceed with exhibiting a draft plan at the time.
In 2008 Council engaged a consultant to assess heritage significant areas within the local centres. The study resulted in the mapping of heritage and contributory items within those areas.
In 2010, Council reviewed areas outside the local centres again to determine the integrity and amount of change that had occurred. The heritage consultants recommended some areas still warranted management as broad conservation areas and some areas did not. Council exhibited the reviews in 2011 and exhibited a draft plan in 2012. Agreement was reached and gazettal of the draft plans were made on 5 July 2013.
View Heritage Conservation Area studies