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Heritage Conservation Q&A

Design Regina: The Official Community Plan contains policies to encourage heritage property owners to protect historic places through good stewardship and voluntarily designating their property for listing on the Heritage Property Register.

Q. What protection is provided to a building under the Heritage Holding Bylaw? What is the difference between this Bylaw and Heritage Designation?

  • The Heritage Holding Bylaw and Municipal Heritage Designation are entirely separate classifications.
  • The Heritage Holding Bylaw is a listing of properties that have been identified as having potential heritage value, while heritage designation is a legal means of heritage protection that is noted on the property title.
  • Municipal Heritage Designation allows the City, by bylaw, to regulate the demolition, relocation and alteration of heritage property. It applies to the exterior, either in whole or in part and it may also apply to certain interior features or landscape elements. The City can refuse approval of any applications to significantly alter the heritage character defining elements of the building or demolition.
  • If a building is listed on the Heritage Holding Bylaw, it is not protected in the same way as a designated building. The City can only delay approval of a permit for 60 days to determine if the building should be designated as a Municipal Heritage Property. If the building is not designated the requested permit must be approved upon expiry of the 60 days.

Q. What makes a property worthy of designation?

  • The Administration does an evaluation based on a Heritage Property Designation Criteria Scorecard provided by the Province which provides a Heritage Assessment as well as a Viability Assessment.
  • Information is compiled and provided to City Council to make the final decision.

Q. What happens after a property is designated as a heritage property?

  • Pursuant to The Heritage Property Act, City Council must pass a bylaw to designate a property as a Municipal Heritage Property.
  • Upon adoption of a designation bylaw, a municipal heritage interest is registered against the property title.
  • Once designated, the City must approve or deny alterations to the character-defining elements of the building and/or demolition permit applications.
  • The City can deny a demolition permit only if the property is designated as a Municipal Heritage Property.

Q. What is the City doing to protect properties on the Heritage Holding Bylaw?

  • The City has recently updated the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program which now provides up to 10 years of tax exemption where the owner applies for designation as a Municipal Heritage property and upgrades are made to the heritage and character defining elements of the building.