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Heritage Property Conservation

Our Official Plan guides the conservation, management, and promotion of our many cultural heritage buildings and sites. These resources are irreplaceable. Our goal is to preserve their significance in shaping Kingston’s distinct character, history, and sense of community.

To apply for a heritage permit, please apply on DASH. If you would like to discuss your project on your heritage property in advance of your submission please email and provide the address and brief project description, and staff will be back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, please visit the Heritage Resource Centre during the open public drop-in service hours and staff can assist with the submission process or address heritage permit and project questions.

Heritage Resource Centre (HRC) 

Our Heritage Resource Centre (HRC) is in the Market Wing of City Hall. It serves as a place where people can get advice and information about preserving Kingston’s history and culture. The HRC also has a gallery where you can learn more about the City’s past.  

The HRC is open to the public for drop-in service at the following times:

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. 
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. 

Staff are available to answer questions about heritage properties, including permits, and grants. Additional times are also available by appointment. If you have any questions about Ontario Heritage Act requirements or compliance with City policies, you can reach a staff member at 613-546-4291 ext. 1389. 

Explore our heritage resources

The Heritage Resource Centre (HRC) offers a wide collection of resources related to heritage conservation, Kingston's cultural history and materials to assist heritage property owners.  

You can access a wide range of books, articles, maps and reports at the HRC.

Explore our online library using the search bar: 

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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