The Listing of Historic Resources is a tool that developers, industry representatives, and regulators may use to help determine if a proposed development might affect historic resources, including:

  • archaeological sites
  • palaeontological sites
  • Indigenous traditional use sites of a historic resource nature (burials, ceremonial sites, etc.)
  • historic structures

The Listing can provide development proponents with advance notification of possible historic resource concerns and may be used as a tool in planning projects.

How does it work?

Used in conjunction with the Instructions for Use of the Listing and/or a relevant Land Use Procedures Bulletin, the Listing helps to determine if a proposed development needs approval under the Historical Resources Act . The Listing indicates the Historic Resource Value (HRV), if any, that has been assigned to lands in the project area, and the Instructions for Use and the procedures bulletins explain the required action. In many cases, the required action is to submit a Historic Resources Application through the Online Permitting and Clearance (OPaC) system.

You can search for HRVs online through the OPaC system or by downloading the Listing of Historic Resources below.

Some lands in Alberta have not yet been assigned an HRV but still have the potential to contain historic resources. For this reason, the Listing may not be the only tool used to assess a project’s potential to impact a resource. For some large or high-impact project types, submission of a Historic Resources Application is always required. The Instructions for Use and the Land Use Procedures Bulletins help make this determination.

For more information on how to apply for Historical Resources Act approval visit the OPaC information page.

Listing updates

Please note: The Spring, 2019 edition of the Listing is now available.

The Listing is issued twice a year, in April and October. If you would like to receive email notifications when new versions of the Listing are released, register for the OPaC system and check the preference "I would like to receive email updates" located under My Profile.

Download the listing

Instructions for Use


To connect with the Historic Resources Management Branch:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-431-2300
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: martina.purdon@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-427-3956

8820 112 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6G 2P8