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Heritage Buildings and Places

In Nova Scotia, there is legislation designed to protect:

  • buildings, structures, and districts of historic, architectural and cultural value
  • archaeological, palaeontological, and historical sites and remains
Heritage Buildings and Places
Requirement Document Act / Regulations
Attain a Heritage Research Permit, when searching for archaeological, palaeontological or historical remains.

When excavating for development purposes in areas 'known' to have a high probability of archaeological, palaeontological or historical remains, a Heritage Research Permit is recommended, but not mandatory.

It can be cost effective to complete a site survey before construction begins to avoid the risk of uncovering archaeological or historical remains. Otherwise, you may face fines or be forced to stop all activity under the authority of the Special Places Protection Act
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Form (PDF) Section 8 Special Places Protection Act
Obtain and complete an archaeological impact assessment (under a heritage research permit) if working in the Debert-Belmont area.

Required if excavating or otherwise disturbing the soil of industrial lands of the former Debert Air Industrial Park to ensure that highly significant Mi'kmaq and/or Palaeo Indian remains are protected.
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Form (PDF)

Debert Testing Standards (PDF)
Section 4 and Section 20 of Debert Archaeological Resource Impact Assessment Regulations
Attain a Heritage Properties: Substantial Alteration Approval : Provincially Registered Property, when proposing to demolish or make substantial alterations to the exteriors of heritage properties registered by the Province of Nova Scotia.

See Heritage Property Program for details on provincially registered properties.
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Heritage Places in Nova Scotia...what you need to know (PDF) Section 11 Heritage Property Act
Attain a Heritage Properties: Substantial Alteration Approval : Municipally Registered Property, when proposing to demolish or make substantial alternations to the exterior of a municipally registered heritage properties.

See Heritage Property Program for details on municipally registered properties. Contact the Municipality to obtain an approval.
Heritage Places in Nova Scotia...what you need to know (PDF) Section 13 Heritage Property Act

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