Information for municipalities on how to identify and protect historic resources.
Municipal Historic Resources
Alberta municipalities are empowered under the Historical Resources Act to designate historic places through the passage of a local bylaw. The bylaw legally protects historic resources from demolition or alterations that take away from their heritage value.
The “Creating a Future” manual series provides detailed information on how municipalities can identify and protect their historic places.
- Part 1 - Identifying Historic Places: Conducting a Municipal Heritage Survey (PDF, 13 MB)
- Part 2 - Identifying Historic Places: Heritage Survey Field Guide (PDF, 22 MB)
- Part 3 - Identifying Historic Places: Heritage Survey Codes (PDF, 16 MB)
- Part 4 - Evaluating Historic Places: Eligibility, Significance and Integrity (PDF, 10 MB)
- Part 5 - Managing Historic Places: Protection and Stewardship of Your Local Heritage (PDF, 9 MB)
- Part 6 - Managing Historic Places: Designating Municipal Historic Resources (PDF, 2.5 MB)
The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada provides further guidance for how to make conservation decisions.
Owners of designated Municipal Historic Resources may be eligible for grant funding under the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.
Alberta Register of Historic Places
All designated historic places in Alberta can be found on the Alberta Register of Historic Places. Municipalities are responsible for submitting Municipal Historic Resources to the Alberta Register using the online eForm. To add a Municipal Historic Resource, a municipality must:
- contact the program manager to obtain a user ID, password and instructions
- review the instructions for submission
- log into the eForm to complete the required information (save often)
- submit your request
A representative will notify you once your submission has been uploaded to the Alberta Register.
Municipal Historic Resources that are included on the Alberta Register of Historic Places will be submitted for listing on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
Municipal planning referrals
For more information please see “Apply for Historical Resources Act approval for a development project”. Land use applications can be submitted to Online Permitting and Clearance (OPAC).
To contact Municipal Heritage:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-431-2300 (in Alberta)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number
Old St. Stephen’s College
8820 – 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2P8