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The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall's Pipe Organ

Planning approvals

For the Sydney Opera House, the following statutory framework applies where external approval is required.  This framework ensures that any proposal which may have a potential impact on the State, National or World Heritage values of the place is rigorously assessed before any approval is granted. The relevant legislation includes:

  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (EP&A Act)
  • Heritage Act 1977 (NSW)
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conversation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act)

Opera House Concert Hall Renewal

All documentation associated with the Opera House Concert Hall Renewal proposal is available below.

To enquire about the project:

1300 382 692


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Sydney Opera House
GPO Box 4274
Sydney NSW 2001

EP&A Act State Significant Development

Development at the Sydney Opera House is classified as State Significant Development, and requires approval under the EP&A Act, unless the proposed development is otherwise exempt. The Sydney Opera House has a limited number of exempt development categories.

Heritage Act Section 60

The Opera House received State Heritage listing in 2003 under the Heritage Act.  A set of heritage exemptions were granted under this Act for certain minor works and outdoor events. Works and activities not covered by these exemptions must be submitted for separate approval (Section 60) under the Act by the Heritage Council of New South Wales prior to being undertaken. This is in addition to any other approvals required in relation to the action.  

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