Do you own an architecturally, historically or culturally unique home in the City of Chilliwack? Are you interested in learning more about how to “designate” your home or building as a cultural heritage?
Designating a site as a protected heritage property is a legislative tool that is used to help maintain a legacy for future generations. Protecting our heritage through designation strengthens Chilliwack’s identity and individuality.
The purpose of designation is to protect a heritage building from unsympathetic alteration, and subsequent loss of character or value. However, some alterations may be required for the ongoing use of a designated building.
What are the Benefits of Heritage Designation?
Honours a property for its contribution to local heritage but never requires an owner to restore a property to its original condition or require public access.
Identifies a property’s important heritage attributes but does not restrict the use of the property or the appearance of its interior.
Encourages a homeowner to conserve these attributes through routine maintenance and careful home projects and repair. Heritage guidelines are available for further help.
Heritage designation does not render a property ineligible for insurance or restrict the sale of the property.
What makes a home or building “heritage”?
A building, structure or site may be considered important for a variety of reasons. It may have architectural value or it may relate to a significant person, an important event in the history of Chilliwack or a critical time in the development of one of our neighbourhoods.
A building does not have to be "old" to be an important heritage property. Many modern buildings and structures are significant parts of our heritage and are symbols of our city.
A property does not have to be grand - small cottages, warehouses, industrial structures and bridges are also valuable legacies of the past and deserve to be protected and preserved.
For additional information, please check out the following resources.