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The following links outline the Designation Process through the Town of Truro and the Province of Nova Scotia:

The steps to designate a heritage property are as follows:

Interested property owners submit a letter to the Heritage Committee stating their interest in having their property designated. This letter can be sent to:

Town of Truro
Heritage Committee
695 Prince Street
Truro, NS B2N 1G5

or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once the property has been evaluated and accepted for designation by the Heritage Committee, a recommendation will be sent to Town Council. Attached to this letter will be an Owner Consent form, a location map of the property, and an Inventory form (all of which are provided by the Heritage Committee);

During a Public Council meeting, Council will review the recommendation from the Heritage Committee to add the property to the Truro Registry of Heritage Properties. 

If Council approves the Designation, it takes about 30 days to complete the process. The owner will receive a copy of a Notice of Registration. A copy is also filed at the Registry of Deeds, and the original is kept on file by the Town.

There is no cost to the applicant for this process.

Are there Restrictions with Designation?

Yes. Any changes to the exterior of a designated property must receive approval from the Heritage Committee. A written request must be submitted to the Heritage Committee prior to any work being started. Building permits are also required for any structural changes. 

Please note that the property remains designated, even if it is sold or transferred to someone else.

Can a Property be Deregistered?

Yes. A formal request can be made to Town Council by the property owner, which is then reviewed by the Heritage Committee and a recommendation submitted to Truro Town Council for decision at a Public Council meeting.