Heritage Plan

Heritage Conservation

The Province has taken the steps to support community-wide recovery in Lytton while protecting sensitive archaeological resources and promoting compliance with the Heritage Conservation Act.

The Archaeology Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has issued:

  • a Heritage Investigation Permit intended to support all types of archaeological assessments that may be required for demolition or reconstruction within the Village.
  • an alteration permit to authorize the alterations of sites through the removal of contaminated sediments. Alteration permits can be revised and amended to allow for different activities as site work progresses.

If you have any questions, please email

Property Owners

Update March 19, 2024:
The Archaeology Branch provided a recent information package for residents with archaeological guidance for the Village of Lytton’s recovery and rebuild. This information is necessary for planning before development to:

  • ensure property owners understand measures they can take to avoid or minimize impacts to
    archaeological sites,
  • ensure compliance with the Heritage Conservation Act (HCA), and
  • reduce archaeological costs associated with rebuilding.

Read the handout provided by the Archaeology Branch describing the requirements of each category and options available to owners to ensure compliance with the HCA.

To receive your  Management Direction Letter email the Archaeology Branch at or call at 250-953-3334. Provide your civic address and (if known) your Property Identifier Number (PID).

Chance Finds Procedure

The Archaeology Branch has provided information related to the Chance Finds Procedure for archaeological artifacts and ancestral human remains. This answers the question “What should I do if I find potential archaeological artifacts or ancestral human remains?” during rebuilding.

Download the Chance Finds Procedure brochure.


Archaeology Branch, Ministry of Forests


Background – Heritage Conservation Act

The Heritage Conservation Act protects the historical, cultural, scientific, spiritual, and educational value of archaeological sites to First Nations, local communities,and the public.

As private or commercial property owners and developers, it is important to gather information and incorporate archaeological considerations into your planning processes since damaging an archaeological site without a permit is unlawful.

The province has taken the following steps to support community wide recovery in Lytton, while protecting sensitive archaeological resources and promoting compliance with the Heritage Conservation Act (HCA).