An Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA) is a conservation tool that can be used protect a heritage building or property. The terms of an HRA supersede local zoning regulations. An HRA is approved by Council and may vary land use, density, and other regulations set out in the Zoning Bylaw. In exchange, the property owner agrees to restore, preserve and protect the heritage building or property.

Submit an HRA application 

 Prior to submitting an application, you will need to take part in a pre-application review with the City. This will help ensure that you have all of the proper paperwork prior to submitting your application. To apply for an HRA, you need to make an appointment to submit your application at the Planning and Development front counter located in City Hall at 100 Newport Dr. The application submission should include:

  • completed HRA application
  • application fee
  • 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
  • Site Survey, prepared by a licensed BC Land Surveyor
  • detailed Site Plan
  • Site Servicing Plan prepared by a professional engineer
  • elevation drawings showing all building sides, dimensions, grades, exterior finish details and signage
  • colour perspective drawing illustrating the building form and streetscape
  • Landscape Plan, prepared by a Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect
  • colour photographs of the current site
  • material samples showing the proposed exterior finish colours
  • sustainability report card

As part of the application review process you will be required to hold one or more Community Information Meetings to inform the neighbourhood or community of your proposal as well as provide an opportunity for feedback on the proposal.

Application review

Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by a variety of internal departments, external agencies, community members, and Council for consideration of approval. You will be given an opportunity to revise your proposal based on feedback received throughout the process. This process can take between six and twelve months, though the timing may vary depending on a number of factors, including: complexity, quality of submissions, application volume etc.