Conserving Buildings & Properties
Effective heritage conservation involves preservation, rehabilitation, restoration or a combination of all three. Many factors are considered in order to determine heritage value – including appearance, historical or spiritual significance and use. When we know what's important about a place, we can better understand how to care for it.
B.C. fosters a culture of heritage conservation. Even though most heritage resources are privately owned, we can all share in the responsible stewardship and the cultural pride associated with them. Some of the benefits to conserving our heritage include:
- An attractive province: We’re proud of our well-kept, diverse and sustainable communities—we know that tourists like it, too.
- It’s the green choice: Reusing buildings means less new construction—less wasted energy and materials and fewer harmful emissions. It also preserves green spaces and farmland.
- Promotes a sense of well-being: Conserving our heritage connects us to our past and strengthens our sense of self, our sense of community and our ability to shape our future.
- Revitalizes our communities: Converting old buildings into restaurants, shops and offices generates income and keeps them trendy and vibrant, too!
- Gives the economy a boost: Heritage buildings generate jobs during rehabilitation and draw tourists and commercial activity long afterwards.
Renovation & Rehabilitation
Renovating or rehabilitating a heritage building offers a unique opportunity to protect the environment while keeping the character and identity of our communities intact.
Historic buildings are inherently sustainable. The conservation and rehabilitation of these buildings is extremely important to curbing climate change and other negative impacts on the environment.
Community Heritage Register Listing vs. Heritage Designation
A property may be listed on a heritage register, or have heritage designation, or both. Here are the differences:
|Heritage Registration||Heritage Designation|
|Identifies a historic place that the community deems to have heritage value||Provides permanent legal protection for a historic place|
|Does not provide permanent legal protection||Changes require a Heritage Alteration Permit|
|Is enacted by local government council resolution||Is enacted by bylaw|