Municipal Heritage Properties: How to apply for Designation
Municipal Heritage Property Designation
The Municipal Heritage Property By-Law (1992) was adopted to provide for the identification, preservation and protection of buildings, public-building interiors, streetscapes, cultural landscapes or areas of historical or cultural value in the Municipality of the District of West Hants.
The age of a property alone does not guarantee that it will be found of heritage value. The significance of a property’s association with persons, events, or activities of importance in the history and culture of West Hants is taken into consideration.
Council’s approval is needed to determine whether a property will be registered as a Municipal Heritage Property. Once a property is registered the owner must apply to the Municipality for permission to make any exterior changes. Descriptions of Municipally Registered Heritage Properties and Provincial Heritage Properties can be found here:
Costs associated with the research and registration of the property are the responsibility of the applicant.
A registration fee is collected at the time of application. If Council does not register the property, the fees are returned.
Heritage Advisory Committee
The Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) is a committee of Council which advises on:
including buildings, public-building interiors, streetscapes, cultural landscapes or areas in the Municipal Registry of Heritage Property; applications to substantially alter or demolish a Municipal Heritage Property; and other heritage matters
Registration is permanently attached to the title of the property and transfers from owner to owner, unless a property is deregistered.
The process to deregister is:
Submit an application to the Municipal Planning and Development Department
Staff and HAC review and recommend to Council
Public hearing (30 day notice)
Decision made by Council
Notice of deregistration sent to owner and filed in the Land Registry Office.
For more information please contact the Planning and Development Department: