By Jude Paul, Glebe Society Bulletin, December 2020
The City of Sydney’s guidelines for repainting houses in a heritage conservation area can be found at: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/heritage-guidelines-studies/heritage-conservation-areas-repainting-guidelines
For Glebe/Forest Lodge residents, no prior approval for repainting is required unless your property is a heritage-listed item.
Council’s guidelines highlight the following priorities:
- Only paint surfaces intended for painting. These generally exclude face brick work, tiles and stone
- You can paint timber joinery and metalwork
- Consider carefully removing paint where paint was not the original finish, especially on face brick work
- Don’t remove any original details, such as decorative plaster work, during repainting.
The guide also includes advice about colour schemes and consideration of painting in pairs/groups.