Heritage Action Plan: In depth

In December 2013, City Council approved the Heritage Action Plan to update and strengthen the Heritage Conservation Program, which was originally established in 1986. 

City Council initiated the Heritage Conservation Program to identify Vancouver’s heritage resources, develop incentives to assist in their conservation, and create a greater awareness and understanding of the heritage of our buildings.

The Heritage Conservation Program was established as part of the program to outline incentives and protective measures to conserve our heritage resources. Incentives were made available through:

  • Relaxing the zoning, subdivision, and parking bylaws
  • Density bonuses and transfers
  • Encouraging the restoration and continued use of heritage buildings by fast-tracking permits

What's happening

Three new grant programs

On March 13, 2019, Council approved three new grant programs to support citywide heritage conservation:

  • Heritage Incentive Program
  • Heritage Façade Rehabilitation Program
  • Heritage House Conservation Program

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Consultant team

As we implement this plan, we'll be working with a consultant team that includes:

Advisory groups and partners

The following City of Vancouver advisory groups are key partners in the work of the Heritage Conservation Program. They offer advice and support to City Council and staff. These groups are:

Questions about the Heritage Action Plan? Contact us

Zlatan Jankovic
Staff contact

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