Historic Land Use Inventory

This is an informal process through which a party can request information on existing or former uses of a site. This offers an alternative to the legislated process under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). The search process is triggered upon receipt of a request for information application along with the appropriate consent and signed disclaimer.

The nature of the information that the Departments may have on a particular property will vary, depending on their scope of activities and mandate. As a result, the amount of information available on a property will vary on a case-by-case basis.

Before you begin

Before making an application, you should discuss your request with staff. Please contact hlui@ottawa.ca prior to making an application.

Overview and User Guide [ PDF 312 KB ]


The fee for an application for Historic Land Use Inventory (effective January 1, 2024) is $181.00.


A formal application is required to initiate a search of the Historic Land Use Inventory. Applications can be submitted to planningcirculations@ottawa.ca accompanied by required plans, studies and any other information that may be needed to assess your application.

  • Note: If using a file sharing / transfer site to submit supporting documents, please select one that does not restrict access to a single planning staff member or email address.

Historic Land Use Application Form

Upon application submission, staff will provide confirmation of the amount due, the specific payment methods available for the application type, and the necessary details for the different payment methods.

Application commissioning, fees and payments

Client Service Centres will continue to offer commissioning services for applications and handle payments for new applications. Please ensure the payer’s name and address are indicated on the cheque.


If you require assistance using an electronic application form please contact a Development Information Officer, located at any of the Client Service Centres. You can make an appointment by calling 3-1-1 and asking to speak with a Development Information Officer.