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

New Vancouver Heritage Program

On March 10, 2020, Council approved a progress report on the Heritage Action Plan and its substantial completion.

Council also approved the new Vancouver Heritage Program including its vision, goals, strategic directions, and a set of new management tools. 

Council also approved completing the Vancouver Heritage Register Upgrade through the forthcoming comprehensive Vancouver Plan public engagement process in 2020/2021.

Read the staff report (3 MB)


Past updates


Questions about the Heritage Action Plan? Contact us


Zlatan Jankovic
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