If you do need to apply for heritage approval from the City, there are a few things you need to do before you apply.
Hire a heritage consultant
A qualified heritage professional is recommended to help you prepare a clear, comprehensive and professional application. You can find a local heritage professional on the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals website.
All projects must meet the City’s requirements, Park Canada’s Standards and Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Places in Canada, and the Heritage Conservation District Plan if applicable.
Discuss your project with the City
Contact Heritage Planning to find out what the specific requirements are for your application, including which supporting documents and drawings you’ll need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-615-3200 ext. 4061.
Start your planning application at the same time, if required.
Gather supporting documents and drawings
Your heritage application must include relevant supporting information, such as:
- A site plan drawing and survey showing the location of the proposed work on the Designated Property
- A statement of the proposed scope of work
- Architectural, engineering and landscape design drawings of the proposed work showing materials, dimensions and extent of the work
- Written specifications for the proposed work
- Materials, samples and specifications of the proposed work
- Photographs showing the existing building or landscape condition
- Documentation pertaining to the proposal, including archival photographs, pictures or plans of similarly styled buildings in the community
- A Heritage Impact Assessment prepared by qualified architect licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario or a Heritage Consultant
- A heritage conservation plan prepared by a qualified architect and/or engineer licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario or heritage consultant specializing in the subject heritage resource
For applications to demolish a Listed Heritage Property, only a Heritage Impact Assessment is required to support your application.
If you are planning an alteration that has an impact on the built form or landscape, you need a Heritage Impact Assessment. The study should include:
- Research related to the property’s cultural heritage value
- The history and physical aspects of the property
- How the property would be conserved or mitigated through the development process
It must adhere to the City’s HIA terms of reference.
If your property is in a cultural landscape only, use the cultural landscapes terms of reference.