The City of Maple Ridge has a rich and diverse history and heritage conservation is an important part of sharing this history and enhancing community identity.
Heritage not only includes built heritage sites such as monuments and historic buildings, but also cultural traditions, practices and values. These intangible cultural heritage assets are represented in a multitude of ways from traditional storytelling, place making, and performing arts, to social practices and events.
The Official Community Plan (OCP) outlines policies for heritage that play a key role in the development of complete and sustainable communities. Heritage policies for specific communities are also addressed within Area Plans.
Voluntary Municipal Heritage Designation Program
The purpose of designation is to protect a heritage building from unsympathetic alterations and demolition. The process to designate a property as heritage is:
- Contact the Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-467-7341
- The property owner(s) complete a Request for Heritage Designation and Waiver of Compensation form*
- A Statement of Significance is prepared (reasons why the property is considered to have heritage value or character)
- Staff brings the Heritage Designation Bylaw forward for Council Consideration
- A Heritage Designation Bylaw requires 4 readings of Council and a Public Hearing.
Should the Heritage Designation Bylaw be adopted, some changes to the exterior of a designated building may require a Heritage Alteration Permit. Owner(s) are required to complete a Heritage Alteration Permit Application form.
Benefits of Heritage Designation
- The property is eligible for municipal tax exemptions (requires Council approval)
- The property is eligible for provincial grants, such as the Heritage BC Legacy Fund
- Properties are eligible for special provisions in the B.C. Building Code and the Homeowner Protection Act
To see the list of properties that are protected in Maple Ridge, visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/817
Heritage Plan Review & Update
The Community Heritage Commission has recently reviewed and updated the City of Maple Ridge’s Heritage Plan. To learn more about the new Heritage Plan and the process to update the plan, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/2582/Heritage-Plan-Review-and-Update
Heritage Procedures Bylaw
Heritage Procedures Bylaw No. 6951-2012 (PDF) establishes application procedures for heritage conservation bylaws, permits, agreements, and the community heritage register.
Heritage Maintenance Standards Bylaw
Heritage Maintenance Standards Bylaw No. 6710-2009 (PDF) establishes minimum requirements for the care and maintenance of designated heritage properties. Heritage maintenance standards are intended to :
- Communicate the minimum expectations regarding the maintenance of a legally protected heritage property;
- Ensure that designated heritage sites are maintained and do not deteriorate through neglect.
A Heritage Maintenance Standards Bylaw is permitted through the BC Local Government Act S.616. A Local Government Heritage Designation is permitted through Local Government Act S. 611, 612, and 613. For more information on heritage conservation legislation enabled through the Local Government Act, please see "Heritage Conservation: A Community Guide" through this link to the BC Heritage Branch Heritage Conservation: A Community Guide.