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Heritage Permit Review

Building and development permits

All sites listed on the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources are flagged on The City’s electronic permitting system (POSSE).  All Development and Building Permit application relating to Inventory sites are reviewed by City heritage staff. When appropriate, heritage staff work with the applicant and other City staff to ensure the historic resource is not adversely affected.

If the site is a legally protected Municipal Historic Resource, there are additional application protocols to ensure designation Bylaw is followed.

Land use redesignation (rezoning) applications

All land use redesignation applications for sites listed on the Inventory are reviewed by City heritage staff. 

Demolition permits

The City does not have the legal authority to withhold demolition permits.

City heritage staff review all demolition permit applications, including sites listed on the Inventory. This review allows for engagement with the owner to explore alternatives and provides an opportunity to document the site.

In some cases, applications are referred to the Calgary Heritage Authority  for comment and input. Comments from the Calgary Heritage Authority are advisory only.

Historic resource impact assessments

The Alberta Historic Resources Act provides for the Provincial Minister of Culture to order a Historic Resource Impact Assessment when they are of the opinion that proposed interventions on historic resources may alter, damage or destroy that historic resource.  Anyone, including the Calgary Heritage Authority and City Council can request that the Minister require this assessment.
Such an assessment, if requested of the owner by the Minister, freezes development rights on the affected property, until the assessment is completed to the satisfaction of the Province.