Municipal Heritage

Heritage Conservation 101

Municipalities in Alberta are empowered by the Historical Resources Act to designate historic places through the passage of a local bylaw that legally protects designated resources from demolition or alterations which takes away from its heritage value.

Before designating a historic place a brief document called a Statement of Significance (SoS) is developed to help guide the management of the site over time.

The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada provides further guidance for how to make appropriate conservation decisions.

All designated historic places in Alberta can be found on the Alberta Register of Historic Places.


The “Creating a Future” manual series provides detailed information on survey, inventory and management plan projects.

Last reviewed/revised: January 7, 2016
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