Municipal Heritage Property Designation

The   pdf Municipal Heritage Property By-law (201 KB)  (2021) was adopted to provide for the identification, preservation and protection of buildings, public-building interiors, streetscapes, cultural landscapes or areas of historical or cultural value in the Municipality.

The age of a property alone does not guarantee that it will be found of heritage value. The significance of a property’s association with people, events, or activities of importance in the history and culture of West Hants or Windsor is taken into consideration when properties were registered before consolidation in 2020. 

Council’s approval is needed to determine whether a property will be designated as a Municipal Heritage Property. Once a property is designated the owner must apply to the Region for permission to make any exterior changes.

Benefits of Designation include:

  • maintaining historical character;
  • encouraging pride on the part of the community and property owner;
  • the possibility of increasing property value
  • attracting tourist
  • the ability to apply to the Municipal and Provincial funding programs which assist with repairs to maintain and conserve the heritage value of the property

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Important Documents

Fees

Costs associated with research about the property are the responsibility of the applicant.  There is no fee to register a property.

Heritage Advisory Committee

The Planning Advisory Committee serves as the Heritage Advisory Committee (PAC/HAC) and is a committee of Council which advises on:

  • inclusion of buildings, public-building interiors, streetscapes, cultural landscapes or areas in the Municipal Registry of Heritage Property;
  • applications to substantially alter or demolish a Municipal Heritage Property; and
  • other heritage matters.

Deregistration Process

Registration is permanently attached to the title of the property and transfers from owner to owner, unless a property is deregistered. 

The process to deregister is:

  • submit an application to the Municipal Planning and Development Department;
  • staff and HAC review and recommend to Council;
  • public hearing is held (30-day notice);
  • decision made by Council;
  • notice of deregistration sent to owner and filed in the Land Registry Office.

For more information contact our Planning and Development Department at 902-798-8391 Ext. 115 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..