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Heritage Permits

According to the Ontario Heritage Act, if you want to make changes to or remove anything on a heritage-designated property in a way that might affect its historical features, you need a permit.

For any property that is designated as heritage or located in a heritage conservation district, the City Council or the Director of Heritage Services on behalf of Council, must formally approve your plans before you can receive a Building Permit

Apply online through DASH (Development and Services Hub), our online portal that gives you 24/7 access to municipal development services and active development activity. 

What changes require council or staff approval? 

These changes could involve: 

  • Altering or tearing down parts of a building, like the roof, porch, steps, windows or trim
  • Repairing the masonry
  • Making big changes to the landscaping
  • Adding new structures to the property, whether they are attached to the main building or separate from it

However, if Council defines your changes as maintenance, you don't need approval. This rule applies to all individually designated properties and those within Heritage Conservation Districts. 

Heritage permit guide

Please check your property's heritage status. Is it designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, or is it just listed as a heritage property? 

  • If your property has a heritage designation, you need to apply for permission before making any changes or demolishing it. 
  • If your property is listed as a heritage property (not designated), it is a good idea to talk to the City's Heritage Planning staff about your plans, but you do not have to go through a formal approval process to make changes, but do need to give notice through DASH (apply for “Other Heritage Act Requests”) if you are planning to demolish any part of it.

  1. Speak to the Heritage Planning staff about your alteration plans before submitting your application. Show them your plans, photographs or sketches. Heritage staff will then advise you on what kind of permit you need. Call 613-546-4291 ext. 1389, email or visit the Heritage Resource Centre to discuss your project. 
  2. Set up a DASH account
  3. Submit a completed permit application online. Upload all necessary plans, photos and supporting information to DASH prior to 4:30 p.m. on the appropriate deadline date. 
  4. Applications that require Council approval are reviewed by City staff and provided to the Heritage Properties Committee for review and a recommendation to Council. Check out the agenda for each committee meeting, when available. 
  5. You (or someone you have appointed to represent you) should attend the committee meeting. At the meeting, you can discuss your application with the committee. The committee will forward its recommendation to Council, as applicable. 
  6. The Heritage Properties Committee will share its recommendation with City Council, who will decide whether to approve your application. This usually happens at the Council meeting about two weeks after the committee meets. Sometimes, if everyone agrees on the recommendation, the Director of Heritage Services can approve the application without involving Council. 
  7. The Clerk's Office will send you a written notice of Council's decision. The Heritage Planning staff will send you a Scope of Work Form (your permit) for posting on the job site. 
  8. The Building Department can then issue a building permit (if required) for the work. 
  9. When the work is completed, contact Heritage Planning Staff who will arrange a time to inspect the work.  

Applications to the Heritage Properties Committee are due by 4:30 p.m. on the dates listed below. 

All applications for Heritage Permit, Heritage Pre-Consultation or Other Heritage Act Requests are accepted through DASH. 

Due Date Committee Meeting 
Nov. 1, 2023 Dec. 20, 2023
Dec. 7, 2023 Jan. 24, 2024
Jan. 3, 2024 Feb. 21, 2024
Jan. 31, 2024 March 20, 2024
Feb. 28, 2024 April 17, 2024
March 27, 2024 May 15, 2024
May 1, 2024 June 19, 2024
May 29, 2024 July 17, 2024
July 3, 2024 Aug. 21, 2024
July 31, 2024 Sept. 18, 2024
Aug. 28, 2024 Oct. 16, 2024
Oct. 2, 2024 Nov. 20, 2024
Oct. 30, 2024 Dec. 18, 2024

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