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Nominate items for State Heritage Register listing

Nominate a State significant heritage item for listing on the State Heritage Register.

We are currently upgrading our Heritage Management System to provide you with a better, more streamlined way to nominate items for the State Heritage Register.

From early August 2022, you will be able to submit and track your nominations online via our upgraded system.

If you want to nominate an item to the SHR while we are working on this upgrade, please contact us via email heritagemailbox@environment.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9873 8500 to discuss.

Step 1: Confirm eligibility

Before you make a nomination, ask yourself the questions below. If you answer yes, you may need to look at other ways to protect the place or object.

Is the item of local significance?

The State Heritage Register is reserved for items that are significant to the entire NSW community.

Places of local significance are more appropriately protected as items listed on a Local Environmental Plan, managed by local government. Contact your local council for information about how to nominate a local heritage item.

Is the item significant to Aboriginal culture?

Places and objects that are important because of their association with Aboriginal cultural heritage may be protected by being declared as an Aboriginal Place or added to the State Heritage Register. 

Check what is the most appropriate form of protection for the item.

Step 2: Do research and contact us

It is essential to research the item (e.g. place or object) you are nominating for potential listing before you submit a nomination. The nominated item must meet at least one of the seven listing criteria set by the Heritage Council.

Review the Heritage Council’s criteria for heritage listing.

While we are upgrading our Heritage Management System, online nominations are currently closed. 

If you want to nominate an item in the meantime, please contact us by email heritagemailbox@environment.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9873 8500. 

Download the nomination kit

What happens next?

Stage 1 - Eligibility and completeness check

Once your nomination is received, we will check if the nominated item is eligible and that you have provided enough information for a preliminary assessment.

Stage 2 - Preliminary assessment

The Heritage Council’s State Heritage Register Committee reviews eligible nominations on a regular basis at its monthly meetings.

The State Heritage Register Committee will decide if your nomination will be progressed to the full assessment stage. To determine which nominations will be progressed to a full assessment, the State Heritage Register Committee considers several factors including whether the nominated item:

  • may be of a State level of heritage significance
  • aligns with Heritage Council priorities (currently First Nations including frontier conflict heritage, and LGBTIQA+ heritage)
  • presents a strategic or important opportunity for listing
  • has been nominated by or supported by the owner
  • is at risk or under threat

Stage 3 - Full assessment 

For those nominations that progress past a preliminary assessment, we will undertake a full assessment in accordance with the statutory listings process under the Heritage Act 1977. This involves consultation with owners and other key stakeholders, historical research, significance assessment, a site visit, a public exhibition period and consideration by the Heritage Council.

Timing and recommendations

The length of time taken for a full assessment depends on several factors including:

  • the number of nominations being progressed
  • the quality of information in the nomination form
  • the time needed for consultation with stakeholders
  • the complexity of the assessment.

The Heritage NSW officer working on your nomination will discuss the statutory listing timeframes and milestones with you during the full assessment stage.

Following a full assessment the Heritage Council may recommend the item for listing to the Minister responsible for administering the Heritage Act 1977. The Minister makes the final decision on whether the item will be listed on the State Heritage Register.

Minister decision

The Minister may direct an item be listed on the NSW State Heritage Register that the Minister considers is of State heritage significance and the Heritage Council has recommended be listed. The Minister must also consider these matters when making a decision:

  • the recommendation of the Heritage Council of NSW
  • whether the long-term conservation of the item is necessary
  • whether listing would render the item incapable of reasonable or economic use
  • whether the listing would cause undue financial hardship to the owner, mortgagee or lessee of the item or the land on which the item is situated.

Search the State Heritage Inventory for more information about the items that are included on the State Heritage Register.