Heritage Planning 

Heritage Planning is the function of managing change to ensure the conservation of the City's cultural heritage resources. A variety of municipal and provincial policies are used to protect our heritage resources, including:

  • The City of Brantford Official Plan - Heritage Policies;
  • The Ontario Heritage Act;
  • The Planning Act and its associated Provincial Policy Statement;
  • The Community Strategic Plan.

There is a Brantford Heritage Committee whose role is to advise Council and the public of the value of heritage resources, to encourage awareness, appreciation, involvement and participation in heritage conservation activities.  The Committee works with Council, staff, developers and residents to ensure that future development respects the heritage attributes of the community.  The Committee provides heritage expertise and knowledge for a variety of projects, developments and studies.

The Brantford Heritage Committee is comprised of nine citizen volunteers, one Council representative, a BIA representative and a representative from the Brant Historical Society.  The committee provides recommendations on designation, alteration to heritage properties, demolition of heritage resources and signage for designated properties that are subject to Heritage Sign Guidelines.

In accordance to the Ontario Heritage Act, the municipality has the authority  to designate individual properties as well as entire areas known as heritage conservation districts.  Currently there are approximately 85 individually designated properties and two heritage conservation districts, the Brant Avenue Heritage Conservation District and the Victoria Park Square Heritage Conservation District.

 2016 Brantford Heritage Committee Meeting Dates

Heritage Permit Application

 

Questions to Designate a Heritage Building

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How much will it cost to designate a heritage building?
There is no application fee required by the City.
What information is required?
Because designation is an act of recognizing a property of historic or architectural value or interest to the City's heritage, the more information you can supply, the better. If you have information about your property, the building, who built it or who lived there, it will be very helpful in establishing the reasons for designating the property. Any of the following types of information would be valuable: -original building plans, deeds or other property documents; -historical accounts of persons who have lived in or worked at the property in the past; and/or -old photographs of the building.
Where do you apply?
You don't have to fill out any application form. You simply need to contact Victoria Groh, Policy Planner, in the City's Policy Planning Division. It is located on the ground floor of City Hall, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford, N3T 2M3. You can contact her by telephone at (519) 759-4150 or by fax at (519) 752-6977. The only paperwork you need to start the process is a consent form which is available at the Planning Department.
Who can apply to designate a heritage building?
The owners of the property can request to have the property designated as a heritage building.
What happens next?
The Heritage Committee makes its recommendations to the Planning Committee of City Council and you will be given a copy of that recommendation. Council will then consider the recommendation about two weeks later at its next meeting. If Council decides to issue a Notice of Intention to Designate (NOID), the designation by-law will be prepared. If there is no appeal of the NOID, Council can pass the designation by-law. If the NOID is appealed to the Conservation Review Board, the Board will hold and hearing and make a recommendation for Council’s consideration.

Questions to Alter a Designated Heritage Building

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What happens next after making an application?
City Council relies on its Heritage Committee to advise it on heritage subjects. You will be asked to attend a meeting of the Committee to outline your proposals. The Committee meetings are generally held on Tuesday evenings. The role of the Committee is to help you with your project so that the building will function the way you need it to and, at the same time, respect its heritage designation. The Heritage Committee makes its recommendation to the Planning Committee of City Council and you will be given a copy of that recommendation. Council will then consider the recommendation about two weeks later at its next meeting. You are encouraged to attend this meeting. You can make a presentation to the Planning Committee or simply be available to answer questions. Once Council makes its decision, the heritage process is finished if there is no appeal. The Building Division will be told of Councils decision and the building permit process can be completed. If Council does not approve the change or makes the approval subject to conditions which cause you concern, you can appeal to the provincial Conservation Review Board.
Where can I find more information about altering a designated heritage building?
If you are planning an alteration of your building and it has been designated a heritage structure either on its own or as part of a Heritage Conservation District, please call or visit the City's Policy Planning Division. We have more detailed information that can assist you through the process. We can advise you specifically on the information required and the timing for your particular project.
Who can apply?
The owner of the property, or anyone authorized by the owner to act on his or her behalf, can make an application to alter a heritage building.
How much will it cost?
There is no application fee required by the City except for the usual cost of a building permit application.
What do I do after making an application?
City Council relies on its Heritage Committee to advise it on heritage subjects. You will be asked to attend a meeting of the Committee to outline your proposals. The Committee meetings are generally held on Tuesday evenings. The role of the Committee is to help you with your project so that the building will function the way you need it to and, at the same time, respect its heritage designation.
How long will it take?
The planning staff is committed to working with you to make the approval process move along as quickly as possible. There are no public notices or public hearings, but City Council approval of the change is required before a building permit can be issued. Council approval usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.
What information is required?
Depending on how you want to alter your building, the information needed to be supplied with your application form can vary. Usually the plans prepared for your building permit contain enough information. As a minimum you should be prepared to provide the following information: an accurate plan of the property showing its size and boundaries, as well as all buildings, driveways, parking areas and uses on the property, an accurate drawing of how the building looks today, a drawing showing how you want to alter the building. Before making your application, it is very important that you contact the Planning and Building Services Division to see if there is any other information that will help your application. Often planning staff can help you with historical or architectural information about your property that might help with your proposed changes.
Where do you apply?
You don't have to fill out any application form. When you apply for a building permit for work on your heritage building, the building permit information is automatically sent to the Planning Department and the process started based on that information. If you want approval before you apply for a building permit, you need to contact the City's Planning Policy Division. It is located on the ground floor of City Hall, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford, N3T 2M3. Your contact person is Victoria Groh, Policy Planner. You can contact her by telephone at (519) 759-4150 or by fax at (519) 752-6977. The application forms you will need are available at the Planning Department.