Formal Heritage Protection
If a property is legally protected, the protection tool will be listed on Title, which you can acquire from the BC Land Title and Survey Authority. A quick check of the City’s online map (where you can download a public site report) will note if your property is a legally protected heritage property or if it is listed on the Heritage Register. If your property is listed on the Heritage Register, it is not legally protected. However, it means that the property has been recognized by the City as having heritage value to the community.
As the owner of a heritage property in New Westminster, you are encouraged to work with City Staff to retain and protect it, while ensuring its use, density and function are the best they can be.
Working with a Heritage Building
A quick check of the City’s online map (where you can download a site report) will identify the age of the building and if your property is listed on the Heritage Register or if it is protected heritage property.
STATEMENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE
A Statement of Significance (SOS) identifies the heritage value and explains the context and relevance of a historic property, building or landscape. The short document (usually one-two pages) demonstrates the key aspects that must be protected in order for the historic place to maintain its heritage value.
They are used in evaluating the heritage merit of a property, or when a change is proposed to an already protected property. SOSs are required for the formal protection of a site and are sometimes drafted when a property is listed on the Heritage Register.
An SOS has three parts:
- Describe the Historic Place
Provide a description of the property in physical terms, detailing location, design features, materials and other attributes.
- Explain its Heritage Value
Determine why the property holds community value.
- Identify Character-defining Elements
List the key physical features that require conservation in order for the property to maintain its heritage value.
You can read the SOS for protected property in New Westminster on the City’s online protected properties map by clicking on the building’s icon in the map, or by clicking the photograph of the property on the left hand side banner.