Heritage alteration permit
A heritage alteration permit may be needed if:
- You want to renovate or upgrade your property
- You want to do repairs or major maintenance work on your property; and
- Your property is protected under a Heritage Designation Bylaw, Heritage Revitalization Agreement, or is scheduled as protected in a heritage conservation area, and the proposed work applies to elements specifically protected under that bylaw or legal agreement – typically the exterior, but sometimes interior elements. (Properties on the Heritage Register that do not fall under these categories of protection do not require a Heritage Alteration Permit, although the proposed work may still require review by a City heritage planner.)
The heritage alteration permit is in conjunction with another permit such as a development permit, development-building permit, sign permit or awning permit.
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For specific information about your situation, contact the Development and Building Services Centre. Our staff will help you determine which permits you need, and help navigate you through the process, so you can speak to your contractor with confidence.
- Your permit application will automatically be reviewed by a City heritage planner. Depending on the extent of the proposed work, you may be asked for more information.
- The heritage planner will decide whether or not your application needs to be reviewed by a heritage advisory group. This typically occurs when additional guidance is sought for more complex issues.
- If necessary, your application will be heard by the appropriate advisory group, depending on where the property is located:
- Chinatown - Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee
- First Shaughnessy District - First Shaughnessy Advisory Design Panel
- Gastown - Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee
- Any other part of the City of Vancouver - the Vancouver Heritage Commission
- For applications specific to Chinatown, First Shaughnessy or Gastown, once the advisory group has reviewed your project, they may refer it to the Vancouver Heritage Commission for further input. This usually happens when an application involves a large project or when a project could have an impact on the broader community.
Applications that are reviewed by a heritage planner generally do not take longer to be processed than applications that are not reviewed by a heritage planner.