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Heritage Action Plan

The Heritage Action Plan is a review of the policies and tools used to conserve and celebrate heritage resources. It was approved by Council in December 2013 to improve how the City supports heritage conservation in Vancouver.

Actions implemented through the plan will result in an update of the City’s existing Heritage Conservation Program, which was originally established in 1986, Vancouver's centennial.

Consultants, staff, and a public advisory committee are working on actions set out in the plan. You will also have numerous opportunities to provide your input.   

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)

Key areas for action and implementation

The Heritage Action Plan has five key areas for action and implementation.

In depth

Learn more about past developments, find documents, and read about the background of this iniative.

Character Home Retention Incentives Program

Heritage and character buildings are an important component of defining neighbourhood identity and character.

Protecting Vancouver's history

Character merit assessment

Request a character assessment for a house built before 1940 before you begin renovations or apply for development permits.

Find a registered heritage building, site, or tree

Download the Vancouver Heritage Register to find over 2,200 registered heritage buildings, parks, trees, and monuments.

Heritage grants

We fund three grants to support heritage conservation citywide and help preserve heritage buildings and assets in Vancouver.

How we protect heritage properties

The City has a range of incentives and protective measures that encourage the restoration and continued use of heritage buildings.

Questions about the Heritage Action Plan? Contact us

Zlatan Jankovic
Staff contact

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