Permit to Excavate Land with Archaeological Remains - New South Wales


You will need approval from the Heritage Council if you intend disturb or excavate land in NSW that is likely to contain archaeological relics and not listed on the State Heritage Register.

Please see the State Heritage Register for a complete list of NSW's heritage properties, land and objects.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Estimated costs of carrying out the development to which the excavation relates:

  • development up to $100,000 relating to owner-occupied house - $100.00
  • other development up to $100,00 - $250.00
  • all development over $100,00 - $500 plus $10 for each additional $100,00 or part $100,000.

Further fees may apply. Please see the attached fee calculator. Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
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Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Environment and Heritage Group

Heritage Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Supporting information