In 1998 Town Council instituted a Heritage Property By-law, which established a Heritage Advisory Committee to advise Council. Heritage Property Criteria were established in 1999 followed by Heritage Site Criteria in 2004.

In 1989, the firm of MacFawn & Rogers Architects prepared the Town of New Glasgow Architectural Guidelines. The report identified landmark, landmark complementary and other categories, but was only adopted as a guideline and carried no regulatory requirements.