Heritage Laws

Nova Scotia Heritage Property Act
provide for the identification, designation, preservation, conservation, protection and rehabilitation of buildings, public-building interiors, structures, streetscapes, cultural landscapes, areas and districts of historic, architectural or cultural value, in both urban and rural areas, and to encourage their continued use.

HRM Bylaw H-200
this bylaw is enabled by the Provincial Heritage Act and established the Heritage Advisory Committee and Municipal Registry of Heritage Property.

Heritage Conservation District
(Barrington Street) By-law
this is the bylaw that established the Barrington street heritage conservation district between Duke and Bishop Streets.


Heritage Guides

The Buildings of Canada
A guide to pre-20th-century styles in houses, churches and other structures

The Evaluation of Historic Buildings
This booklet presents guidelines for the evaluation of historic buildings

Researching Heritage Buildings
This booklet has been written as a very basic guide to building research in Canada. It outlines a method for performing the research, and 10 of the most commonly used sources in Canadian building research today. It is intended as a starting point for the new researcher who is interested in learning something about the history of a specific building.

Writing Statements of Significance
The guidelines for writing Statements of Significance have been developed to assist anyone preparing a Statements of Significance for the CRHP. They will also help provincial, territorial and federal registrars who are responsible for approving nominations and data standards

Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
The primary purpose of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada is to Provide sound, practical guidance to achieve good conservation practice. This document establishes a consistent, pan-Canadian set of Conservation principles and guidelines that will be useful to anyone with an interest in conserving Canada’s historic places.

Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada
This comprehensive package offers best practices, tools and guidelines for sustainable reuse or retrofit of heritage buildings and all existing buildings to improve environmental performance.  Using actual cases to challenge the perception that older buildings are energy inefficient, Building Resilience encourages working across sectors to promote the benefits of an integrated approach.  Building Resilience combines environmental planning, design and construction processes with heritage conservation to achieve sustainable and sensitive design solutions that will have positive and far-reaching policy implications for the future of Canada’s existing and historic built environment.  These guidelines can be used as a standalone, but also complement the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

The Creating a Future manual series provides detailed information on survey, inventory and management plan projects. It consists of 6 parts, and was put out by the Province of Alberta.
Identifying Historic Places: Conducting a Municipal Heritage Survey
Identifying Historic Places: Heritage Survey Field Guide
Identifying Historic Places: Heritage Survey Codes
Evaluating Historic Places: Eligibility, Signifcance and Integrity
Managing Historic Places: Protection and Stewardship of Your Local Heritage
Managing Historic Places: Designating Municipal Historic Resources