Heritage Revitalization Agreements
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 Revitalization Agreement, or HRA for short, is a formal, voluntary, written agreement that is negotiated between a property owner and a local government. It outlines the duties and obligations of, and the benefits to both parties of the agreement. The agreement allows local governments to supersede local 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, legal protection enabled with a bylaw that is registered on the title of the property. It is written to suit unique properties and situations. Therefore, each HRA is different from the next and does not create precedence.

An HRA may do the following:

  • supersede local government regulations
  • vary use, density, lot size, and siting regulations
  • vary a permit
  • vary a heritage alteration permit;
  • detail the timing of agreement terms
  • set out the level of conservation to be undertaken by the owner
  • include other conditions as negotiated
  • outline the owner’s responsibilities if the property is damaged or destroyed
  • outline the owner’s responsibilities if the HRA is contravened in any way

The most common requests in HRA projects are:

  • property subdivision
  • extra floor space
  • fewer parking spaces
  • extra building height

An HRA application typically has the following process:

  • preliminary inquiry
  • pre-application review
  • application
  • community and committee review
  • consideration of bylaws

For more information:

Guide: Heritage Revitalization Agreements

City Policy for the Use of Heritage Revitalization Agreements