Heritage Conservation Covenant

A conservation covenant is an agreement between a property owner and the City which provides long-term legal protection and is registered on Title.

The covenant outlines the responsibilities of each party and can apply to buildings, structures and natural features. A covenant cannot vary land use, density, or other Zoning Bylaw regulations.  Minimum standards of maintenance are generally set out in the covenant to ensure the heritage feature is maintained in good condition. Conservation covenants are uncommon and are only used in unique situations.

Applications for the alteration or demolition of a property or structure protected with a heritage covenant would be reviewed by Planning, the Community Heritage Commission and Council. Council may deny proposed alterations or demolition.

A conservation covenant is registered on the Title of a property. To see properties subject to a conservation covenant, use the Heritage Protection Map. To view the covenant for a property, contact the Planning Division.