Heritage permits, which are required for designated properties under the Ontario Heritage Act (the Act), are used to ensure that alterations or modifications to designated properties comply with sound heritage conservation practices and maintain the heritage character of the site as defined in the designation by-law. Following these conservation practices prevents any compromise of the property’s identified heritage attributes.
There are no costs associated with obtaining a Heritage Permit.
Permits are required before making alterations to properties designated under Part IV of the Act. These alterations may include new windows or doors, changes in roofing materials, repair or replacement of porches, verandahs or chimneys, additions and replacement of exterior cladding materials. Permits are also required for alterations to properties under Part V of the Act; however, some exemptions to this requirement may be identified in the Heritage Conservation District Plan.
Alterations to the interior of structures do not normally require a heritage permit.