Regina’s Thematic Framework & Historical Context was created as a planning tool to define the city’s broad patterns of historical development. The themes outlined represent the historic context of the city up to the present day and continuing into the future. It is a living document that will continue to evolve.
A designated heritage property has historical, cultural or architectural significance and is legally protected against demolition or significant change under The Heritage Property Act of Saskatchewan. There are currently about 100 municipal designated properties in Regina.
Complete the Application for Municipal Heritage Designation to apply for designation. The City will evaluate applications based on the historical and architectural value of the property.
Alterations & Rehabilitation to Heritage Properties
Alterations and renovations that may change the main features that contribute to your property’s heritage value require approval to ensure that the work retains the heritage value of the property. You may also be eligible to receive financial assistance to rehabilitate designated heritage properties.
Alterations to Heritage Property
If your property is protected under a heritage designation bylaw or the Victoria Park Heritage Conservation District Bylaw, you will need a permit to renovate, upgrade, do repairs or major maintenance work that applies to the elements specifically protected under the bylaw.
To apply, complete the Heritage Alteration Permit Application.
When conserving your heritage property, you must obtain a building permit and demonstrate in the Heritage Alteration Permit Application that the proposed changes will not affect its heritage value. To help you plan for the exterior alteration, repair, addition or conservation of your heritage property, refer to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.
If you are planning exterior renovations, foundation stabilization or any work that may change the character-defining elements of your listed property, call 306-777-7000 to arrange for an appointment to review your plans. We can help ensure that the work retains the heritage value of the property and identify if financial incentives are available should you apply for designation.
Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program
The City provides one-time financial assistance to rehabilitate designated heritage properties under the Heritage Incentive Policy. A tax exemption may be granted to a maximum value equivalent to 50 per cent of eligible work cost, or the total property taxes payable over 10 years; whichever is the lesser. Cash grants are also available for tax-exempt properties based on the same tax exemption formula; however, these grants are limited to a maximum value of $50,000 and subject to the availability of funds.
To apply, complete the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program Application.
The City recognizes individuals and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life of Regina through an outstanding contribution to the conservation of heritage.
Awards are presented every two years in categories of restoration, preservation, rehabilitation, new design (infill), new design (addition), heritage open space, education, George Bothwell Heritage Award for Public Service and the Keith Knox Heritage Award for Youth.
packages for the Municipal Heritage Awards must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 11, 2020.
- General Categories (1-6) Nomination Form
- Education, Youth & Public Service Categories (7-9) Nomination Form
- Restoration: recognizes a project that reveals, recovers or represents the state of a historic place or of an individual component, as it appeared at a particular period in its history, as accurately as possible, while protecting its heritage value
- Preservation: recognizes a project that protects, maintains or stabilizes the existing form, material and integrity of a historic place, or of an individual component, while protecting its heritage value
- Rehabilitation: refers to the sensitive adaptation of a historic place or of an individual component for a continuing or compatible contemporary use, while protecting its heritage value. This task is achieved through repairs, alterations and/or additions.
- New Design-Infill: recognizes a new design which is sympathetic to heritage properties and streetscapes with respect to building scale, height, massing, roofline and finishing materials in existing developed areas or neighbourhoods.
- New Design-Addition: recognizes new design involving a structural addition to an existing heritage building that is sympathetic to or compatible with the original or established building design with respect to scale, height, massing, fenestration, roofline and/or finishing materials.
- Heritage Open Space: recognizes the promotion, restoration and new design of heritage open spaces, sites, monuments and trails.
Education: recognizes endeavors that enhance public understanding and increased appreciation of Regina’s heritage and heritage-related issues. For example, projects may include publications, exhibitions, lectures, tours, plays and commemorative events.
Keith Knox Heritage Award for Youth: recognizes the special contribution of non-professionals under the age of 25. (Cash prize)
George Bothwell Service to Public: recognizes exceptional volunteer involvement and outstanding commitment to heritage activities that enrich community life in Regina.