Local Government Planning

Heritage conservation cares for a community's past for present and future generations. Heritage planning helps communities decide how to manage that inheritance. In most cases, local governments manage heritage initiatives through their planning departments.

Here are some of the benefits to communities that take a strong interest in heritage planning and conservation:

  • Green building and heritage building preservation build skills and create new job opportunities
  • Heritage tourism brings dollars to rural and remote communities
  • Relationships with First Nations are strengthened as cultural and historic places are recognized
  • Heritage festivities and celebrations are a fun way for communities to connect
  • Communities can lower their carbon footprint by preserving historic buildings

Contact us for more ideas on how to link community planning and development with heritage activities so that your community can benefit.

Funding

Heritage funding is available from a variety of sources, including heritage societies. Provincial and federal dollars are available to support strategic heritage preservation in communities across the province through various funds and grant programs.

The Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia, for example, is an initiative of the Province and Heritage BC that supports many local heritage projects around B.C. It provides financial assistance and guidance to help protect, care for and showcase British Columbia's rich cultural heritage.

When seeking funding, consider searching beyond the traditional boundaries of ‘heritage’ funding to access opportunities available through initiatives fostering climate action, community health and economic diversification, for instance.

Contact Heritage BC to find out what kind of funding you can get when you include heritage activities in your community planning.

Community Heritage Registers

A community heritage register (CHR) identifies real property (a tangible place) that is considered by the local government to have heritage value.  Local governments can use the links below to submit information on historic places within their jurisdiction.

Recognizing Historic Places on Crown Land

Local governments may formally recognize historic places on Crown land through the provisions of the Local Government Act (LGA). These historic places may also be identified on provincial reference maps through a Notation of Interest (NoI) and considered during the review of Land Act applications.

Local governments can request a NoI by submitting an application form with the legal description of the land; a map of the application area showing the boundaries of the historic place; and survey information for any surveyed land. There is no fee to apply for a Notation of Interest. Contact Land Tenures Branch for more information about Notations of Interest.

Local Government Heritage Capacity Survey

Each year local governments across British Columbia participate in a provincial Heritage Capacity Survey. Information from this survey helps the Heritage Branch assess heritage conservation capacity across the province and contributes to branch policy planning.

This report summarizes information gathered from local governments (municipalities and regional districts) to assess the current capacity of B.C. communities to conserve and use their heritage resources. It provides an overview of heritage conservation activity from 2006 to 2015, as reported to the Heritage Branch by local government staff through the Building Capacity for Heritage Conservation (BCHC) survey.

It's important to note that this report provides baseline information only and is not intended to show trends spanning years.