Heritage Properties

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Heritage Management Strategy

The City of Coquitlam is developing an overarching and comprehensive framework to guide the assessment and preservation of heritage resources, both built and natural. The Strategy will help to refine the vision for heritage conservation in the City and identify the tools available to realize that vision. Please see ​our Heritage Management Strategy page for more information.

Preserving Coquitlam's Heritage

Coquitlam enjoys a rich heritage, evident in many features throughout the City. The notion of heritage extends beyond individual buildings, affecting overall streetscapes and neighbourhoods. Maintaining and caring for this heritage brings many benefits, such as:

  • Enhancing the community’s distinct identity and pride through the preservation of the roots of its ancestors;
  • Providing a sense of continuity between the past, present and future; and
  • Demonstrating a commitment to the general principle of sustainability.

Accordingly, it is the objective of the City to guide the retention and enhancement of Coquitlam’s distinct and valued heritage for the enlightened enjoyment of future generations.

Coquitlam Heritage Inventory

A heritage inventory is a list of buildings, properties and sites with qualities or characteristics that contribute to the City's heritage. Placement on the heritage inventory requires an evaluation of the building, property or site, and a review of historic records.

The inventory can be used, for example, to help increase public awareness of the existence and value of local heritage resources which may result in more of these buildings being retained and rehabilitated by property owners.

What are the implications of owning a building, property or site that is on the City's heritage inventory?

A heritage inventory does not "designate” or protect buildings, properties or sites. If, for example, a building, property or site is listed on the Heritage Inventory, the owner may make alterations to it, or redevelop the site, provided the changes are within the limitations of other bylaws and regulations.

Revised Maillardville Heritage Inventory (2007)

On July 30, 2007, City Council adopted a revised Maillardville Heritage Inventory. The 2007 Maillardville Heritage Inventory is based on an earlier civic heritage inventory that was conducted for the City in 1986. The revised Maillardville Heritage Inventory lists all of the remaining buildings and properties that were included in the 1986 heritage inventory.

Coquitlam's Heritage Register

Coquitlam's Heritage Register is a list of properties, buildings and sites with qualities or characteristics that are recognized as significant and contribute to the City's heritage. Placement on the Community Heritage Register requires a thorough evaluation of the property, building or site along with reviews of photographs, historic records and archival research.

Each site has a “Statement Of Significance” prepared, outlining the importance of these heritage resources to Coquitlam.

What are the implications of owning a property, building or site that is on the Community Heritage Register?

A Community Heritage Register does not “designate” or protect properties, buildings or sites. A property, building or site that is on the Heritage Register can only be protected by some other means, such as a designation by-law, heritage revitalization agreement or heritage covenant. If a property, building or site is on the Community Heritage Register, the owner may re-develop the site or make alterations to it, provided the changes are within the limitations of other by-laws and regulation.

Planning & Development Department

Email: planninganddevelopment@coquitlam.ca
Phone: 604-927-3430