Heritage and Development
As the oldest incorporated City in BC and the first capital of the Province, New Westminster is renowned for an excellent collection of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in residential neighbourhoods, commercial centres and even along its industrial waterfront.
The City considers any structure older than 50 years to potentially have heritage merit. Building permit applications that involve the demolition of these buildings are given an extra review.
A Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA) is a formal, voluntary, written agreement that allows the City to supersede zoning regulations and to provide non-financial incentives which would make it viable for owners to conserve property of heritage merit. An HRA is a form of long term protection which is registered on title.
A Heritage Alteration Permit (HAP) is a tool that allows certain kinds of changes to protected heritage property. This tool ensures the City can respond to the changing needs of the property, and its owners, over time.
Design Guidelines are intended to reflect the community’s vision for renovations and for new development. Property owners interested in developing property in the City should consult the relevant guidelines for the area in which they would like to work.
The New Westminster Heritage Foundation operates an annual residential heritage building grants program. These grants are available to owners of formally protected heritage houses for exterior conservation work.