Door knob and lock lighthouse keeper accommodation. Credit Stuart Cohen.DPIE

Door knob and lock lighthouse keeper accommodation. Credit: Stuart Cohen DPIE

2. Repairs to non-significant fabric

Repairs to non-significant fabric

This exemption is for repair or replacement of damaged or deteriorated non-significant fabric of a heritage item that is beyond further maintenance.

Examples of typical repair activities/works include:

  • refixing palings that have fallen off a fence
  • patch damaged plaster
  • regrout tiles
  • replacing decayed/destroyed roof gutters with new gutters on a building

For more information on significance see the Significance and Significant Fabric fact sheet. 

Standard Exemption 2: Repairs to non-significant fabric

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.

Specified activities/works:

  1. Repair (such as refixing and patching) of damaged or deteriorated non-significant fabric.
  2. Replacement of missing, damaged or deteriorated non-significant fabric that is beyond further maintenance.

Relevant standards:

  1. Specified activities/works must not involve alteration to, damage to, or the removal of, significant fabric.
  2. Only missing, damaged or deteriorated non-significant fabric that is beyond further repair or maintenance may be replaced.
  3. Any new materials must not exacerbate the decay of significant fabric due to chemical incompatibility, obscure existing significant fabric or limit access to significant fabric for future maintenance.