According to the Ontario Heritage Act, no owner of a designated property shall alter the property or permit the alteration of the property if the alteration is likely to affect the property’s heritage attributes without a Heritage Permit.
A Building or Sign Permit will not be issued until you receive an approved Heritage Permit.
The City of Hamilton is able to manage physical changes to properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act through the Heritage Permit process.
Not sure if your property is designated? Check the City’s Cultural Heritage Resource Mapping.
What is a Heritage Permit?
A Heritage Permit is required for any alteration, new construction or demolition affecting the cultural heritage values identified within a By-Law that designates individual properties under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. Similarly, a Heritage Permit is also required for exterior alterations to structures and property, including construction and demolition, for any property located within the boundaries of a Heritage Conservation District, as designated by By-Law under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
There is no fee for a Heritage Permit Application.
Applicants are encouraged to contact staff early in their project planning to confirm any Heritage Permit requirements.