Getting the right advice for heritage development

Where to find quality advice and professionals, and why the right advice matters.

Each one of our heritage places contains elements that help tell its own individual story. It may be the surrounding area, the design of a building, the material it was built from, the interior features like woodwork and cornicing, the paint colours or even the landscaping that are physical reminders of the place’s story.

Like all buildings, heritage buildings need regular maintenance and repairs from time to time. Some may also need to change and adapt to meet contemporary needs or new uses. Sensitive development or adaptive reuse is often the best way to ensure a place is used and valued into the future. While sometimes more difficult than building something new, reusing heritage places makes a substantial contribution to sustainable and healthy communities. In addition to preserving our ‘sense of place’, it avoids the creation of waste and the need for replacing building materials.

As the owner or custodian of a heritage building, you might be planning repairs or adaptation but are unsure about how to go about it. We can help with advice or finding an appropriate consultant.


Advice on conserving heritage places is available from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage or you may wish to engage a private heritage consultant who can offer professional advice. For help finding a consultant, visit our heritage trades and professionals directory, inContact.

An experienced heritage consultant may provide advice and assistance on the following matters:

  • plan repairs, maintenance, colour schemes and conservation work, and find suitably skilled contractors
  • avoid potentially costly mistakes that compromise the heritage significance of the place and possibly its market value
  • understand technical advice from contractors and tradespeople, particularly in cases of conflicting advice
  • plan alterations, additions and renovations that are sympathetic to the heritage significance of the place
  • reinstate missing elements such as fences, landscaping and other lost features and fittings that contribute to the heritage significance of the place

The Heritage Council also produces publications containing practical conservation advice on issues such as painting, rising damp, cleaning stone masonry and creating a maintenance check list. For more information visit our Developing and maintaining heritage places page.

For more information on any aspect of development affecting State Registered heritage places please contact the Heritage Development team on (08) 6551 8002 or email

Useful publications

Page last reviewed 22 October 2020
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