Municipal Heritage Property Designation
The Municipal Heritage Property By-Law (2018) 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.
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.
Benefits of Designation include:
- maintaining historical character
- encouraging pride on the part of the community and property owner;
- the possibility of increasing property value
- attracting tourist
- the ability to apply to the Municipal and Provincial funding programs which assist with repairs to maintain and conserve the heritage property
- pdf COPL-003.05 Criteria for Inclusion in the Municipal Registry of Heritage Properties Guidelines.pdf (116 KB)
- pdf COPL-004.05 Municipal Heritage Property Conservation Work Grant Guidelines.pdf (85 KB)
- pdf 05-08-2018 Property Information Sheets.pdf (260 KB)
- pdf 05-08-2018 Application to Register as a Heritage Property.pdf (107 KB)
- pdf 05-08-2018 Application for Heritage Grant.pdf (165 KB)
- pdf 05-08-2018 Application for a Heritage Permit.pdf (98 KB)
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:
- 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.