Our heritage inventory is growing with over 900 items and 36 conservation areas listed. If you are developing or subdividing land identified as a heritage conservation area, a heritage item or excavating an archaeological site, speak to our customer service advisors. We will point you in the right direction.

Heritage conservation areas

The Blue Mountains is well-known for the historic character of many of its towns and villages. In some towns and neighbourhoods buildings from the Victorian, Federation, Edwardian, Inter-War and Post-War eras create visually interesting and layered streetscapes. Many streetscapes are also enhanced by mature street tree plantings and established exotic gardens. Blue Mountains City Council has established ongoing recognition and protection for the many early houses and the generally traditional streetscapes found in most towns and villages of the Blue Mountains. Important historic areas are protected as heritage conservation areas, including the town centres of Mount Victoria, Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls. The full list of heritage conservation areas is listed in Schedule 5 of the Blue Mountains LEP 2015.

On 19 July 2019, new heritage conservation areas were added to the LEP. Maps and heritage inventory sheets for 'new and amended' entries are linked below. For 'existing' use our interactive mapping tool to find out if your property is in a heritage conservation area.

Village Heritage Conservation Area Map and Inventory Sheet Status
Mount Irvine Mount Irvine and environs MI001 Existing
Mount Wilson Mount Wilson Conservation Precinct MW026 Existing
Mount Tomah Mount Tomah and environs MT002 Existing
Mount York Mount York and environs MY008 Existing
Mount Victoria Central Mount Victoria Urban Conservation Area

MV023

Amended
Blackheath Blackheath Village and Setting

BH212

New
Hat Hill Road

BH213

New
Blackheath West

BH214

New
Lookout Hill

BH215

New
Katoomba Jamison Valley K007 Existing
Lurline Street Precinct K053 Existing
Central Katoomba Urban Conservation Area K159 Existing
South Katoomba

K168

New
Crown Village

K169

New
Grimley Estate

K170

New
Norths Estate

K171

New
Leura Central Leura Urban Conservation Area LA018 Existing
Railway Parade Precinct LA029 Existing
Residential Precinct LA033 Existing
Leura North

LA105

New
Leura South

LA106

New
Wentworth Falls Station Street Precinct WF032 Existing
Great Western Highway Residential Precinct WF044 Existing
Wentworth Falls Cottages WF073 Existing
Village of Brasfort

WF119

New
Westbourne Avenue

WF120

New
Lawson Honour Gardens LN014 Existing
Henry Street Cottages LN025 Existing
San Jose Avenue and Badgerys Crescent Cottages LN030 Existing
Hays Nature Reserve link

LN083

New
Hazelbrook Railway Parade West

H008

Amended
Railway Parade East

H028

New
Springwood Macquarie Road East

SP056

Amended
Moorecourt Avenue

SP071

New
Macquarie Road West

SP072

New
Glenbrook Glenbrook

G061

New

Heritage properties

Heritage places rarely exist in isolation, whether they be a single item such as a tree, monument or building or a large precinct such as a town centre or village. Fashions change in gardens as much as in buildings. Layout, selection of plants, paving and use of garden ornaments all vary over time. In heritage terms, the garden and landscape setting is as vital as the building in creating genuine heritage significance.The setting for the heritage item includes all the elements contributing to its heritage significance and is known as the heritage curtilage. New works to heritage properties or items need to consider the impact on the surrounding area, but also needs to focus on the historic fabric of the building and its immediate setting. Further information on preparing a heritage report is available (see related downloads).

Archaeological sites

Archaeological deposits or remains have the potential to give important information about the history of a place. The heritage system in NSW provides comprehensive statutory protection for archaeological relics and mechanisms to ensure that they are protected, investigated and interpreted.

A key tool in this process is the archaeological assessment, which seeks to identify the nature and significance of any deposits or relics on the site. These assessments are based on an investigation of historical documentary sources and existing physical site conditions and are carried out by qualified archaeologists. Known or found sites with significant Aboriginal archaeology should refer to the code of practice for the Protection of Aboriginal Objects.

Online heritage inventory

Heritage places, items and conservation areas are identified in planning instruments and on property maps. Select (tick) the 'Heritage' layer to view. Each item has a unique ID (eg 'K091'). Search the Heritage Council of NSW inventory with this ID to find basic background information, a description of the item and an assessment of the various heritage values. These sheets should be referred to early in the development process. They should also be considered when preparing a heritage management document for submission with a development application.