In Port Moody, we use a variety of tools, such as a heritage register, heritage designation, and heritage conservation areas, to preserve places, buildings, and areas that have heritage value. 

Heritage value can be historical, cultural, aesthetic, scientific, or educational. It is up to the local jurisdiction to determine what has heritage value and what is worth preserving and protecting.

 Heritage designation

A municipal heritage designation is a separate classification for property, which:

  • provides legal protection
  • allows the City to regulate, by bylaw, the demolition, relocation, and alteration of the heritage property
  • requires the owner to apply for a heritage alteration permit prior to making changes to the property

A legal notation is registered on the property title.

 Heritage register

heritage register is an official list of properties identified by a local government as having heritage significance.

A heritage register:

  • does not provide legal protection
  • assists in monitoring proposed changes to heritage properties
  • authorizes Port Moody to withhold (or delay) demolition and building permits for a maximum of 60 days to provide time to relocate the building to another site or to salvage building materials
  • only requires the owner to apply for a heritage alteration permit for exterior changes to a building in a Heritage Conservation Area

Heritage register qualifications

Council must receive and consider a Statement of Significance (SOS) before deciding whether a property should be added to the heritage register. The SOS is based on historical research and is used to evaluate architectural significance, historical significance, the extent to which the original context remains, and the degree of alteration to the exterior of the building or site. An SOS can be prepared for a building, landscape, monument, or archaeological site, and includes the following three components:

  • a description of the historic place
  • an explanation of the heritage value of the historic place (i.e. why the place is important to the community)
  • a list of the place's character-defining elements

Advantages of the heritage register

If your property is listed on Port Moody's heritage register, you may be eligible for:

You would receive an etched bronze plaque identifying your property as part of the heritage registry.

What is a heritage building?

There are no hard and fast rules or legal definitions that define heritage buildings. Common practice varies between jurisdictions, with minimum age guidelines that range from 35 to 50 years depending on the local history.

It is up to the local jurisdiction to determine what has heritage value and what is worth preserving and protecting. 

 Heritage conservation areas

Port Moody has two recognized heritage conservation areas: Ioco Townsite and Moody Centre. A heritage conservation area (HCA) is a distinct area with special heritage value and/or heritage character identified for conservation by the Official Community Plan. Heritage conservation areas are intended to provide long-term protection to the area and identify some properties for protection.

If you own property in one of the two HCAs in Port Moody, 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

Review the Ioco Townsite and Moody Centre heritage conservation area development guidelines to determine whether your property is listed as a protected property and which guidelines apply to your proposal.

Moody Centre heritage character area

The Moody Centre heritage character area encompasses a larger area surrounding the core HCA and includes multifamily, commercial, and mixed-use commercial/residential areas. Design guidelines for new development and restoration of properties within the heritage character area are contained within the Development Permit Area 2 Guidelines.