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Renovating or Altering Heritage Properties

To ensure the preservation of properties designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, the heritage permit process was put in place.

This process varies depending on whether a property is designated under Part IV of the Act (individually designated), or designated under Part V of the Act (as part of a Heritage Conservation District).

Fees

There is no fee associated with obtaining a heritage permit.

Process

The heritage permit review process is undertaken concurrently with any other application or permit processes that are required for a proposed project.

Apply

A completed application form, signed by the property owner, is required for all heritage permits.

Apply for a Heritage Permit

Part IV Designated Properties (Individually designated properties)

The heritage permit process is designed to ensure that the heritage attributes described in the property's designation by-law are not altered or destroyed unnecessarily by alterations or other forms of interference; its purpose is to guide alterations in a manner that is sympathetic to the building's heritage, not to prevent alterations to heritage buildings. 

Heritage attributes are the elements that lend a property its cultural heritage value. Any work that may alter or remove one or more of these heritage attributes requires a heritage permit. Proposals will be measured against the Statement of Significance and the list of heritage attributes found in the property's designation by-law. As heritage designations generally only apply to a building's exterior, heritage permits are mostly limited to major external work. However, property owners are advised to consult with Town staff before proceeding to ensure that there are no restrictions and to ensure that the best possible design is achieved.

Heritage permits require Council consent before work can begin.

Part V Designated Properties (Properties in Heritage Conservation Districts)

The purpose of the heritage permit process is to ensure that all alteration and development proposals are compatible with the District's cultural heritage value and character. Its purpose is to guide alterations in a manner that is sympathetic to the area's character, not to prevent alterations or development.

Proposals will be measured against the Statement of Objectives, Statement of Cultural Heritage Value, the Architectural Styles and the District Design Guidelines that are found within the District Plan. These can be found in the Village of Bolton HCD Plan, which can be accessed online here. Heritage permits are only required for alterations to the exterior of the property. 

Heritage permit applicants are encouraged to meet with Town staff regarding the proposed work prior to submitting applications. These meetings will help to determine whether a heritage permit is required and to allow for an open dialogue to ensure that the best possible design is achieved.

There are three routes that a proposed project may take: no heritage permit required, a minor heritage permit is required, and a major heritage permit is required.

No Heritage Permit Required

If the proposed work is considered maintenance or repairs that are minor in nature, no heritage permit is required.

Minor Heritage Permit

If the proposed changes will generally have a positive or neutral impact on the cultural heritage value of the District, a minor permit will be required. Proper materials, acceptable heritage conservation methods, context and overall design are considered. For alterations, photographs and/or drawings may be required. 

Minor heritage permits receive approval by Town staff.

Major Heritage Permit

If a significant change is proposed, such as the demolition of a building or the construction of a new building, a major heritage permit will be required. Proper materials, acceptable heritage conservation methods, context and overall design are considered. Additional plans or information may also be required.

Major heritage permits are reviewed by Council and require Council approval before work can begin.

Contact

For more information on heritage in Caledon please visit the Heritage Caledon Committee or contact Douglas McGlynn, Heritage|Urban Design Planner 905.584.2272 x. 4232 or by email.