Safety and security
This exemption is for the temporary or emergency securing of a heritage item for the safety of users or the public. It does not allow for the permanent installation or upgrading of site or building safety and/or security measures.
This exemption may be used where there has been unexpected damage caused by an unexpected event, rather than safety risks that arise from ongoing neglect of maintenance.
Examples of typical activities/works include:
- erection of temporary security fencing around a sink hole to prevent access
- placement of a temporary security camera to monitor a vulnerable heritage item
- activities to prevent elements of an item that have fallen from causing an accident
- installation of suitable material to halt erosion to an archaeological site cause by extreme weather.
Any stabilisation activities/works under this exemption must be done with minimal intervention to significant fabric.
Emergency maintenance and repairs (such as required following a storm) may be exempt under other standard exemptions. Activities/works which may damage significant fabric require approval under Section 60 of the Heritage Act.
Standard Exemption 19. Safety and security
General conditions (see page 6 of Government Gazette) apply to the use of all Standard Exemptions and must be complied with.
The following specified activities/works to an item do not require approval under subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 if the specified activities/works are undertaken in accordance with each of the relevant standards prescribed below.
- The erection of temporary security fencing, scaffolding, hoardings or surveillance systems to prevent unauthorised access, or to secure public safety.
- Emergency stabilisation works necessary to secure safety where a structure or landscape feature (such as a tree) has been irreparably damaged or destabilised and poses a safety risk to its users or the public.
- Installation and operation of any temporary equipment specified in a) and b) above must not impact on significant fabric (including landscape or archaeological features) and the item’s overall heritage significance.
- Any temporary security fencing, scaffolding, hoardings or surveillance systems must not be erected for more than 180 calendar days (inclusive of setup and pack down).
- No further temporary fencing, scaffolding, hoardings or surveillance may be erected again on the site, under this exemption within a period of 365 calendar days.
- Activities/work must not permanently change or alter the structure such as the configuration of the floor space, or any architectural or landscape features.
- Any new penetrations must be:
- limited in number; and
- made through non-significant fabric or mortar joints only.
- Activities/work must not result in an increase in the floor space of any building or structure.
- The Heritage Manual (1996, Heritage Office and Department of Urban Affairs & Planning)
- The Maintenance Series (1996, republished 2004, NSW Heritage Office and Department of Urban Affairs & Planning)
- The Burra Charter (The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance) 2013
- Maintenance Series 1.3: Temporary access