Heritage Designation

A Heritage Designation Bylaw is a form of long-term legal protection, that is enabled with a bylaw, and that is registered on the land title of that property.

It is the primary way that Council can deny the demolition of a building.  Any changes to a protected heritage property must first receive approval from City Council (or its delegate) through a Heritage Alteration Permit.  The City also has a minimum maintenance bylaw so that people with protected heritage property know that they will be expected to maintain their building in good condition.  Heritage Designation cannot alter or govern the property’s use or density, nor can it vary regulations such as zoning.

To view whether a property is formally protected with a Heritage Designation, Conservation Covenant or Heritage Revitalization Agreement, please see the following Heritage Protection Online Map.

Guide: Voluntary Heritage Designation