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Nominate items for listing on the State Heritage Register

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

This is the Heritage Council’s nomination process for listing an item on the State Heritage Register. Ensure you read through all steps and the nomination kit before you begin.

Though the Heritage Council welcomes nominations for new items from anyone, submitting a nomination does not guarantee listing on the State Heritage Register. 

If you have any questions, please contact us on:

Email: heritagemailbox@environment.nsw.gov.au

Phone: (02) 9873 8500

Step 1: Confirm eligibility

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

Is the item of local significance?

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

Places of local significance are more appropriately protected as items listed on the Local Environmental Plan, managed by the local council. Contact your local Council for more information.

Is the item significant to Aboriginal culture?

Places and objects that are important because of their association with Aboriginal tradition or traditional use may be protected by being:

Please check what is the most appropriate form of protection for your heritage place or object.

Step 2: Provide research that meets the listing criteria

It is essential to research the significant item you are nominating for potential listing before you submit a nomination.

A nominated item must meet at least one of the seven listing criteria set by the Heritage Council of NSW.

Review the Heritage Council’s criteria for heritage listing.

Step 3: Complete the nomination form

Use the State Heritage Nomination Form for nominating a State-significant item. Incomplete nominations with inadequate or insufficient information will not be accepted for consideration.

If you have questions about the nomination of a local heritage item, please contact the Heritage Officer/Adviser at your local council.

Download nomination kit

Step 4: Lodge the form

When you have completed your nomination form for a potential State-significant heritage item, lodge it at:

Email heritagemailbox@environment.nsw.gov.au


Heritage NSW, Department of Premier & Cabinet
Locked Bag 5020
Parramatta NSW 2124

What happens next?

Timing and recommendations

The length of time taken before an item is assessed depends on the number of nominations currently in review and the quality of information in the nomination.

The timing may also be determined by an Interim Heritage Order process.

You are invited to provide comment on the nomination and may ask to present their supporting or opposing views at a Heritage Council meeting.

After reviewing a nomination, if the Heritage Council decides the item is of State significance, a recommendation is made to the Minister responsible for administering the Heritage Act 1977. The Minister makes the final decision on whether the item is to be listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.


Under section 32 of the Heritage Act 1977 the Minister can direct listing, or not, on the NSW State Heritage Register if:

  • The item is of State heritage significance
  • Long-term conservation of the item is necessary
  • The listing would be of reasonable/economic use
  • The conservation of the item for future use would cause financial hardship to the owner, mortgagee or lessee.

Minister's decisions on heritage listings

The Minister responsible for administering the Heritage Act 1977 approves items for inclusion on the list, guided by criteria the Heritage Council develops, to help establish whether an item is significant for the whole of NSW. Items are assessed under criteria set out in the Heritage Act 1977. A summary of the criteria can be viewed on the Criteria for listing on the State Heritage Register page 

You can search the State Heritage Inventory for more information about each of the items that are included on the State Heritage Register.

Note: We work to keep the online database up-to-date, however the latest proposed listings might not yet be included. Always check with Heritage NSW for the most recent proposed listings.