What is a Listed Property?
Listing a property on the Heritage Register means that the property has been recognized as having architectural, historic or cultural features of merit; it means that the property has value to the community.
The owner of a listed property is not restricted as to how they might want to renovate their house; they do not need any special permits. If the owner wants to demolish the listed structure, the Township is given 60 days to assess the significance of the loss of the structure in terms of its heritage significance and to work with the property owner to determine if there are alternatives to demolition; the final decision for such resides with Council.
Not every listed property merits protection from demolition; but some do, and that is why the 60 days is required.