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The City works with the Edmonton Historical Board to review nominations and amendments to the Inventory of Historic Resources in Edmonton. Existing zoning, development rights and regulations still apply to properties on the Inventory.

The main difference between the Register and Inventory is the degree of protection provided.

The Inventory

The Inventory is list of resources that merit conservation, but are not legally protected. Once they are designated as a Municipal Historic Resource they are put on the Register and protected.

The Register

The Register is a list of Municipal Historic Resources that are legally protected from demolition or inappropriate alteration under Policy C-450B. This agreement is registered on title.

If a building is designated as a Municipal Historic Resource, it is protected from demolition and requires it be maintained in a fair condition. The only exception is if City Council repeals the protective Bylaw or if the building is completely destroyed by fire or other disaster.

How to Apply

Amend the Inventory

To add a property or other resource to the Inventory, a historical study needs to be submitted along with the Application to Amend the Inventory to the City.

  1. The Landowner completes the Application to Amend the Inventory of Historic Resources in Edmonton and submits it to the City
  2. Once received, the Heritage Planner prepares a report for the Edmonton Historic Board’s Historic Resources Review Panel
  3. If the Historic Resources Review Panel approves the application, the Board will make a recommendation to the City
  4. The City will decide if the structure is put on the inventory and contact the Landowner
Designating a Historical Resource

When resources are added to the Register they are designated as a Municipal Historic Resource. However, it must be on the Inventory first.

Owners should keep in mind that, once the building is designated:

  • The building cannot be demolished
  • Inappropriate changes cannot occur, and any alterations must be sympathetic or in character with the original structure
  • The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada are used as a guide in assessing the appropriateness of an alteration
  • Use is generally not affected, and additions and changes may still occur
  • The building will be maintained in a fair to good condition
  • The above restrictions will become a caveat on the property title
  • Property will be rezoned to DC1 (Direct Control Provision)
  • They are eligible for financial incentives, maintenance funds, and additional incentives

Application to Designate as a Municipal Historic Resource

Process of Amending the Register

Locations Map

For More Information

6th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0J4


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