Heritage Permits

A heritage permit allows the owner of a designated heritage property to make alterations.

According to the Ontario Heritage Act, owners of a designated property must receive the approval from local Council for any alterations that affect the heritage attributes of their designated property. This process fully assesses the impact of the changes on the heritage attributes of the property and ensures the long-term conservation of the property.

Apply for a Heritage Permit

The Heritage Permit application must be accompanied by plans or other information that details the extent of the proposed works and the impact on the heritage attributes of the property.

Types of works that require a Heritage Permit:

  • Additions to an existing building or an accessory structure
  • Replacement of windows or doors
  • Change in window or door openings
  • Removal or installation of porches, verandas, canopies, cladding and chimneys
  • Change in trim, roofing, cladding and painting of building exterior
  • Removal or installation of a deck, fence, gate, trellis, arbours or gazebo

Types of work that do not require a Heritage Permit:

  • Routine maintenance and minor repairs that do not change the exterior appearance of the main building, accessory structures or landscaping
  • Re-roofing in material and colour similar to existing material and colour
  • Repairs to, and replacement of, eaves troughs and downspouts, unless these are ornamental and integral to the heritage character and appearance of the building
  • Repointing of brick and repairs to chimneys

Heritage Permit Review

When reviewing heritage permit applications, Council will take into account the policies in the Town of Milton's Official Plan and the information included in the Designation By-law, as well as other relevant guidelines such as the federal government's Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.