Heritage exemption certificate - Queensland


You will need to apply for this certificate if your proposed development:

  • will have no more than a minor detrimental impact on the significance of the heritage place
  • is permitted under a heritage agreement.

This certificate gives approval for low impact development, conservation work and simple projects that will only affect the heritage values of the place in a minor way. A heritage agreement is a legal agreement between the owner (or person acting with owner's consent) and the agency that sets out provisions for future work, conservation action or use of the heritage place.

A development may be suitable for a certificate if it:

  • only involves minor changes to significant features
  • alters only recent interiors or interiors that have previously been modified and are not significant as reconstructions
  • retains or restores the appearance of a significant building or garden
  • involves the disturbance of known or potential archaeological artefacts in accordance with a management approach agreed to by us
  • requires only building work that is shown to have little impact on the values of the place or involves removal of features that are intrusive
  • retains the existing use of the place or restores a previous significant use
  • is for conservation works such as maintenance and repairs using traditional materials and techniques, such as re-roofing.



Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


This permit remains in effect for the duration specified.


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You do not need to pay any fees.

Application process


To apply for this certificate, you must provide information that:

  • describes if and how the development changes the place
  • describes if and how the proposal directly affects or alters significant heritage features
  • provides a detailed description of your proposal (site plan, photographs)
  • provides supporting information such as plans, relevant reports or agreements relating to the place.

The agency encourages applicants to discuss their proposals with them prior to making an application. You can request a pre-lodgement meeting with the agency by contacting with the agency or submitting a pre-lodgement services form.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Contact details

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