Heritage exemption certificate - Queensland


You will need an exemption certificate if you intend to undertake low impact development, conservation work and simple projects that only affect the heritage values of a place in a minor way.

An exemption certificate does not cover changes or complex developments that have more than a minor detrimental impact on the place. It covers work such as painting in a compatible or historic colour scheme, replacing non-significant fittings or fixtures or refurbishing less important parts of a building or place.

A development may be suitable for an exemption 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 the agency
  • 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.

If the proposed development will have more than a minor detrimental impact on heritage significance, an application for a development approval should be made to the state assessment referral agency.

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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No fees apply.

Application process


To be eligible 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.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Contact details

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