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Guide to Conservation & Maintenance

Maintenance can be defined as routine minor works that do not fall under the usual description of development.

Maintenance is an integral part of the conservation process. Some examples of maintenance works are painting surfaces in a like-for-like style, and general cleaning and tidying up.

Day-to-day maintenance and some minor works do not need to be referred to the Heritage Council or the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for advice. Read more about what does not need to be referred.

We have also produced a range of maintenance information sheets and publications that may assist you.

If a heritage place has a Conservation Management Plan or Strategy (CMP & CMS), this can assist you to identify and prioritise maintenance works. Click here to download the Guide to Conservation Management Plans and the Guide to Conservation Management Strategies.

If you are considering developing or making changes to a State Registered place, please read our Guide to Developing Heritage Places. Looking for inspiration, you can view our Photo Galleries on places that have been adapted or changed or alternatively, download our Heritage in Action Residential and Adaptive Reuse brochures.

We can also put you in contact with heritage professionals, trades and suppliers through our online heritage specialists directory, inContact.


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