Formal Heritage Protection
There are many ways a building can be recognized for it's heritage value. They are:
- Heritage Designation Bylaw
- Conservation Covenant
- Heritage Revitalization Agreement
- Heritage Conservation Area
- Heritage Register
A quick check of the City’s heritage register online map will tell you more about a property's protection level.
If a property is legally protected through a Heritage Designation Bylaw, Conservation Covenant or Heritage Revitalization Agreement, the protection tool will be listed on Title, which you can acquire from the BC Land Title and Survey Authority. If a building is in the Queen's Park neighbourhood, it may be protected under the Heritage Conservation Area.
If the property is listed on the Heritage Register or Inventory, it is not legally protected. However, it means that the property has been recognized by the City as having heritage value to the community.
Working with a Heritage Building
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.
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. Below are a few guides so you can learn more about working with a heritage building: