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Application for Permit Ontario Heritage Act [ pdf ]
Heritage Alterations including new construction within Heritage Conservation Districts
Under the Ontario Heritage Act, alterations to individually-designated heritage properties and to properties located within a Heritage Conservation District, as well as new construction in a Heritage Conservation District, may require the approval of City Council.
How to Apply
You should first discuss your proposal with staff in the Heritage Section of the Planning Branch. Staff will be able to assist you in determining the information required to process your application.
Application procedures and the approval process differ slightly for an individually-designated heritage property and a property situated in a Heritage Conservation District.
Individually-Designated Heritage Properties (Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act)
You will be required to obtain approval from Council if you want to undertake any work on a heritage property that will affect its architectural character.
In order to request approval, you must apply to the City in writing accompanied by a detailed plan, and include all the information required to evaluate your proposed alteration. Staff will review your application to determine if it meets all City requirements. Upon acceptance of your complete application, the City will issue you a notice of receipt. A report will be prepared and sent to the Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee (OBHAC), Planning and Environment Committee or the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and then City Council. Council may approve the application with or without conditions, or refuse it.
If you do not agree with City Council’s decision on your application, you may appeal. In the case of individually-designated heritage properties, you have 30 days after receipt of Council’s decision to file an appeal with the Conservation Review Board.
Properties in Heritage Conservation Districts (Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act)
The Ontario Heritage Act specifies that all proposals for new construction or to alter the exterior appearance of properties within a Heritage Conservation District must be approved by City Council, and a permit must be issued before any work may begin.
You will need to complete an application and submit it to the City, along with plans and material samples, if applicable. Staff will review your application to determine if the alteration you wish to make meets all City requirements, and a report will be prepared and sent to the OBHAC, Planning and Environment Committee and City Council. Council may approve the application with or without conditions, or refuse it. If Council approves your application, you will then be issued a heritage permit.
In the case of alterations within a Heritage Conservation District, the applicant can appeal Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Other Approvals or Permits that may be required
Approval of an application under the Ontario Heritage Act must not be construed to meet the requirements for the issuance of a building permit. The original by-laws, acts, regulations and other relevant documents should be consulted for detailed reference.
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