Effect of Heritage Designation

The appearance of a designated building may not be altered without the formal approval of City Council.

This ensures that the distinguishing features of heritage buildings are conserved. Heritage-designated buildings are subject to the following:
Heritage Effect
  • a designated building can be sold or bought without special approval;
  • the owner retains all rights to the individual enjoyment of his property;
  • activities in the building or on the property are not affected by designation;
  • normal maintenance and repairs (e.g. painting, gutters, maintenance of stairs) can be carried out at the owner's sole discretion,
  • an owner should consult the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada (Government of Canada, 2010) to determine what changes are acceptable and the appropriate design approach. Click here to read more.
  • a designated building cannot be demolished without the consent of City Council and
  • alterations or additions needing a building permit and affecting the designated portions of the building cannot be made, without the consent of City Council.