A Heritage Alteration Permit is required prior to making certain changes to a property located within a Heritage Conservation Area.

Port Moody has two recognized Heritage Conservation Areas: Ioco Townsite and Moody Centre, as established in the Official Community Plan. Review the development guidelines for the Ioco Townsite (PDF) and Moody Centre (PDF) Heritage Conservation Areas to determine whether your property is listed as a protected property and which guidelines apply to your proposal.

If your property is within either of the Heritage Conservation Areas, you must apply for a Heritage Alteration Permit in order to make any of the following changes to your property:

  • subdivide the property
  • add a structure
  • add to an existing structure
  • construct a new building
  • alter a building, structure, land or feature

Apply for a Heritage Alteration Permit

Prior to submitting a Heritage Alteration Permit application, we recommend that you consult with City planning staff by phone or email to make sure that you have all of the necessary paperwork. This will help you save time during the application process.

Completed application forms and supporting documentation should be submitted by email to planning@portmoody.ca. If your files are too large for email, staff will provide an online upload link. If you are unable to digitally submit your application, please call or email to schedule an in person appointment.

Submissions will be vetted for completeness before payment is processed.

Your application submission should include:

  • completed Heritage Alteration Permit application (PDF)
  • application fee – see Fees Bylaw
  • Certificate of Title dated no more than 30 days prior to the application
  • Letter of Intent that outlines the current use, proposed use, and justification for the proposal
  • Detailed Site Plan
  • elevation drawings showing all building sides, dimensions, grades, exterior finish details and signage
  • Landscape Plan, prepared by a Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect
  • colour photographs of the current site
  • material samples showing proposed exterior finish colours and materials
  • Sustainability Report Card

Application review

Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed by internal city departments and external agencies as necessary. As part of this process we may request additional information or revisions to the proposal.

Once the proposal is finalized staff will prepare a report for Council consideration. Council then either approves the permit, requests additional information, or rejects the Heritage Alteration Permit.

In most cases it can take two to five months for a Heritage Alteration Permit to be processed, though the timing may vary depending on a number of factors, including: complexity, quality of submissions, application volume etc.