The City of Fredericton protects its built heritage with the Preservation By-Law (PDF). Any exterior alteration of protected buildings, including demolition, requires a Certificate of Appropriateness prior to the issuance of a building permit.

The Preservation Review Board reviews applications of proposed projects, ensuring that they comply with the Preservation By-law and are compatible with the neighbourhood.

Heritage Program and Services Review

The City has just released a one-year implementation plan to action the recommendations brought forward in the Heritage Program and Services Review.

With the robust implementation of these recommendations the City of Fredericton will be a heritage conservation leader known for protecting historically significant buildings and sites, and improving the quality of life for both current and future residents and visitors.

The plan, adopted by City Council in June and guided by a months long public engagement process, ensures that the overall character of Fredericton is maintained and enhanced as the city continues to grow and change. Find more information on the Heritage Program and Services Review page

Historic Places Initiative

A Local Historic Places Register is a list of properties in a community which have been formally recognized having historic value. Communities across Canada are developing local registers as part of a project called the Historic Places Initiative. By listing historically-significant places, a community formally recognizes its value, which works to help preserve it for future generations.

The establishment of Fredericton's Local Historic Places Register was approved by City Council in August 2003.

What areas of the city are protected by the Preservation By-law? 

The Preservation By-Law protects the St. Anne's Point Heritage Preservation Area as well as other locations throughout the city. 

Are all buildings in a preservation area affected?  

Most preservation areas are a combination of older and contemporary buildings. While contemporary buildings are not required to “look historic”, their design is examined to ensure the character of the area is preserved. 

How do I apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness? 

Submit the Application for Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF) to the Heritage Division prior to or during the application for a building permit. 

What are the design guidelines for buildings in the preservation area? 

Read You Wanted To Know About The Heritage Preservation By-law (PDF) for descriptions of the design guidelines or contact the Heritage Division for more information.