Heritage Property Designation

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Heritage properties can be designated individually under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. The City of Peterborough has 132 designated heritage properties, although there are many more buildings in the city worthy of designation.

Heritage designation is designed to help manage change in the historic buildings that are important to the character of our city. It helps preserve these important buildings so that they can continue to be enjoyed by the community. Designation also makes property owners eligible for financial incentives such as the Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program.

Our Heritage Register lists the individually designated properties in the City.

How designation works

The council of a municipality may, by by-law, designate a property within the municipality to be of cultural heritage value or interest. There are no fees associated with heritage designation. Properties must be researched and evaluated based on provincial regulation to determine whether they are of cultural heritage value or interest and worthy of designation. Council then must pass a by-law designating the property. A detailed description of the steps to designating a heritage property and its implications are located in our Guide to Heritage Designation.

If you are interested in having a property designated, you should contact the Heritage Preservation Office.

Heritage permits

Owners of properties designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act need a heritage permit before altering their property. Permit applications should be submitted to the Heritage Preservation Office for review and approval. You should meet with City staff prior to submitting a permit application to determine whether the proposed work requires a permit and to discuss you plans.

Our Heritage Permit Guide for Individually Designated Properties provides detailed information on the application and permitting process and the application form.

Heritage property tax rebate program

We provide ongoing tax relief to certain heritage properties to assist owners in the maintenance of heritage features through the Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program. Under this rebate program, property owners can receive a 40% reduction in property taxes for a residential property and a 20% reduction for a commercial property.

In order to be eligible for tax relief under this program, a property must be designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, have a heritage conservation agreement registered on title, and, with certain exceptions, be located in the central area of the city. Owners can apply by completing the Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program application form.

Historic stone house on Edinburgh Street

Frequently asked questions

 Why do we have the heritage property tax rebate program?

Why was heritage property tax program introduced?

In 2001, the provincial government passed legislation to create ongoing property tax relief for heritage properties. The Province recognized that historic buildings sometimes have higher maintenance and repair costs. The program supports owners who have chosen to protect their buildings through heritage designation. This is the most generous heritage incentive program ever introduced in Ontario and is designed to encourage good stewardship and investment in heritage structures.

Why is the City involved with this program?

The Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program aims to encourage preservation and improvement of our rich landscape of cultural and architectural landmarks. We recognize that well cared for historic buildings form a vital backdrop of making Peterborough a vibrant and inviting place to be.

Who is eligible for the heritage property tax rebate program?

What properties are eligible?

To be eligible to enter the Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program:

  • Designation of the building under Part 4 of the Ontario Heritage Act (Properties designated under Part 5 of the Act, as a contributing building in a Heritage Conservation District is not eligible).
  • The property must have a heritage conservation easement agreement registered on title in which the owner agrees to maintain the property to a recognized preservation standard.
  • Properties must be located within the central area of the City as defined by ‘Schedule J' of the Official Plan. This area takes in the downtown core of the city from Park Street on the west to the river on the east and from Perry and Crescent Streets on the south to McDonnel Street on the north. In addition, properties along Hunter Street East as far as Armour Road are also eligible.
  • The City has also included designated properties anywhere in Peterborough if designated prior to the passage of this program.
  • Council can include other properties outside of the stated geographic boundaries. These are on a case-by-case basis through a petition to Council.

Why does the program only cover the Schedule J area?

This is the oldest part of Peterborough and has a wealth of historic properties, including the downtown core. A central goal of the program is to assist in the revitalization of this area of the city.

How does the program work?

What is the cost of application to the program?

There is an application fee and a renewal fee, which paid every five years. The fees are:

  • $250 application fee for residential properties
  • $450 application fee for commercial properties
  • $200 renewal fee payable every five years.

Property owners with buildings in the Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program will receive a renewal form in the mail.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are due by February 28 ofeach year for a rebate for the previous tax year. Your property needs to be designated for the year before you receive your first rebate.

How much is the rebate worth?

We will provide a 40% tax rebate for eligible residential properties and a 20% rebate for eligible commercial properties.

How is the rebate assessed?

The tax rebate applied to the eligible heritage building or structure and the lands associated with it. With most designated properties in the city, the entire property is included in the legal description so the tax rebate will be calculated against the entire property tax bill. For example, a residential tax bill of $2,200 would receive a rebate of approximately $880 or 40% of the total assessment. The rebate will show up as a deduction on the tax bill.

What is a heritage conservation easement?

A heritage conservation easement is an agreement between the City and a property owner that is registered on the title of the property. It says that in exchange for the tax rebate offered under the program, a property owner will agree to maintain the property to recognized preservation standards for historic buildings.

Sometimes, if the property is of provincial or national significance, the Ontario Heritage Trust will hold the easement instead of the City.

Why is there a requirement for an easement or maintenance agreement?

Designation under the Ontario Heritage Act does not require an owner to do basic maintenance. The City cannot responsibly provide financial incentives without the commitment from a property owner to care for the property.

Can properties entered into the program be modernized?

If modernization means the installation of new vinyl windows in place of original wooden ones, or aluminium siding over wooden clapboard, then the answer is no. The reason for the tax incentive program is to recognize that heritage properties need special maintenance, which can be more costly than that on other properties.

At the same time, we recognize that people do not necessarily want to live in museums and we are eager to work with owners to help make heritage properties efficient, livable modern spaces. Similarly, designation does not usually extend to the interior of a building, unless there are very special features worth preserving.

Heritage designation is a planning tool to help manage change, not to prevent it.

What are the obligations of property owners who enter the program?

Property owners are expected to maintain the heritage attributes of their property as identified in the heritage designation bylaw and guided through the easement and maintenance agreement signed upon entry in to the program.

Owners need to observe the requirements of heritage designation, such as the submission of alteration application to city staff and Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee for work, which may affect the heritage attributes of the property.

How is program monitored and enforced?

When a property enters into the program, an initial report will be prepared which outlines the heritage features of a property and their present condition. A member of City staff will inspect the property and photo-document all heritage attributes. This report will serve as a benchmark for comparison during follow-up inspections. Staff will also develop a maintenance plan to share with the property owner which outlines the attributes of the property which should be maintained.

Properties participating in the program are inspected annually to ensure that heritage elements are being maintained. A member of City staff will visit the property to monitor what heritage features may need maintenance or repair. An updated maintenance plan indicating areas of the property which require maintenance will be prepared and shared with the property owner.

What happens if a property owner does not fulfil their obligations under the program?

If a participating owner fails to maintain their heritage property in accordance with the terms, conditions, and intent of the Heritage Property Tax Rebate program and resulting easement agreement, the property owner may be required to refund the City for the full amount of the rebate provided to the owner with interest during any period of non-compliance.

Who receives the rebate where tenants are responsible for maintenance?

The program is directed at property owners since they pay the property tax to the City. Landlords certainly have the option of passing the tax rebates along to their tenants and may choose to do at their discretion.

Does a property have to be restored or just maintained?

The heritage elements noted in the designation by-law determine what is covered by the easement. It is expected that a property owner will maintain these elements of the property. Owners are not required to restore their property to a historic appearance or condition under this program. However, the City is happy to help owners who wish to restore properties with their tax savings to do so.

How much does the program cost taxpayers and where does the money come from to provide the rebates?

The municipal portion of the rebates will be covered by the City from the general tax levy. The education tax portion will be covered by the Province of Ontario. The rebates have already been budgeted and, therefore, the program will not result in a tax increase.

How long does the program last?

The program will provide on-going relief, so long as the property owner complies with their obligations under the terms and conditions of the program.

Are there any other grants or financial incentives?

The tax relief program is the City's primary financial incentive for heritage property owners. However, other grants or financial incentives sometimes become available, either municipally or provincially.

Individually designated properties

Please find below the heritage designation brief for each property designated under Part IV of the Act and the respective by-law for the property. 

Individually designated properties

 

Hutchison House (270 Brock St)

Heritage Designation Brief - 270 Brock St

Bylaw 1977-78

Market Hall and Clock Tower (140 Charlotte St)

Heritage Designation Brief - 140 Charlotte St

Bylaw 1977-78

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church (118 Hunter St W)

Heritage Designation Brief - 118 Hunter St W

Bylaw 1977-78

415 Rubidge St

Heritage Designation Brief - 415 Rubidge St

Bylaw 1977-78

Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains (316 Hunter St W)

Heritage Designation Brief - 316 Hunter St W

Bylaw 1978-178

St. Peter's Rectory (411 Reid St)

Heritage Designation Brief - 411 Reid St

Bylaw 1978-178

St. Peter's Cathedral Centre (317 Hunter St W)

Heritage Designation Brief - 317 Hunter St W

Bylaw 1978-178

Bishop's Palace (350 Hunter St W)

Heritage Designation Brief -350 Hunter St W

Bylaw 1978-178

62 Dunlop St

Heritage Designation Brief - 62 Dunlop St

Bylaw 1978-181

238 Dublin St

Heritage Designation Brief - 238 Dublin St

Bylaw 1978-181

548 Weller St

Heritage Designation Brief - 548 Weller St

Bylaw 1978-181

468-474 Stewart St

Heritage Designation Brief - 468-474 Stewart St

Bylaw 1978-181

183 Mark St

Heritage Designation Brief - 183 Mark St

Bylaw 1978-181

279 Sherbrooke St

Heritage Designation Brief - 279 Sherbrooke 

Bylaw 1980-116

260 Engleburn Ave

Heritage Designation Brief - 260 Engleburn

Bylaw 1980-116

84 Benson Ave

Heritage Designation Brief- 84 Benson Ave

Bylaw 1981-165

266 Burnham St

Heritage Designation Brief - 266 Burnham St

Bylaw 1981-165

Bylaw 18-077

309 Engleburn Ave

Heritage Designation Brief - 309 Engleburn Ave

Bylaw 1981-165

565 Water St

Heritage Designation Brief - 565 Water St

Bylaw 1982-182

565-569 Harvey St

Heritage Designation Brief - 565-569 Harvey St

Bylaw 1983-51

1066 Armour Rd

Heritage Designation Brief - 1066 Armour Rd

Bylaw 1983-51

1154 Armour Rd

Heritage Designation Brief - 1154 Armour Rd

Bylaw 1983-51

Old Pump House at Riverview Park and Zoo (1230 Water St)

Heritage Designation Brief - 1230 Water St

Bylaw 1983-51

2235 Keene Rd

Heritage Designation Brief - 2235 Keene Rd

Bylaw 1983-158

Confederation Square (501 George St N)

Heritage Designation Brief - 501 George St N

Bylaw 1983-158

83 Robinson St

Heritage Designation Brief - 83 Robinson St

Bylaw 1985-57

538 Harvey St

Heritage Designation Brief - 538 Harvey St

Bylaw 1985-57

488 Aylmer St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 488 Aylmer St N

Bylaw 1985-138

533 Harvey St

Heritage Designation Brief - 533 Harvey St

Bylaw 1985-138

Peterborough YCMA (475 George St N)

Heritage Designation Brief - 475 George St N

Bylaw 1985-151

661 Park St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 661 Park St N

Bylaw 1986-93

520 Dickson St

Heritage Designation Brief - 520 Dickson St

Bylaw 1986-93

236 Burnham St

Heritage Designation Brief - 236 Burnham St

Bylaw 1986-93

Pagoda Bridge (Jackson Park)

Heritage Designation Brief - Jackson Park

Bylaw 1987-99

332-344 Rubidge St

Heritage Designation Brief - 332-344 Rubidge St

Bylaw 1988-63

604 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 604 George St N

Bylaw 1988-62

George Street United Church (534 George St N)

Heritage Designation Brief - 534 George St N

Bylaw 1990-204

73 Robinson St

Heritage Designation Brief - 73 Robins St

Bylaw 1990-204

537-539 Waterford St

Heritage Designation Brief

Bylaw 1990-204

671 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 671 George St N

Bylaw 1991-76

442-448 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 442-448 George St N

Bylaw 1995-77

704 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 704 George St N

Bylaw 1995-77

82 Dublin St

Heritage Designation Brief - 82 Dublin St

Bylaw 1995-77

607 Stewart St

Heritage Designation Brief - 607 Stewart St

Bylaw 1997-101

547 Water St

Heritage Designation Brief - 547 Water St

Bylaw 1997-101

110 Antrim St

Heritage Designation Brief - 110 Antrim St

Bylaw 04-024

361 Park St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 361 Park St N

Bylaw 04-024

383 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 383 George St N

Bylaw 04-024

269 Edinburgh St

Heritage Designation Brief - 269 Edinburgh St

Bylaw 04-110

Pioneer Park (51 Hilliard St)

Heritage Designation Brief - 51 Hilliard St

Bylaw 04-110

100 Benson Ave

Heritage Designation Brief - 100 Benson Ave

Bylaw 04-111

399 Parkhill Rd W

Heritage Designation Brief - 399 Parkhill Rd W

Bylaw 04-112

751 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 751 George St N

Bylaw 05-025

136 Maria St

Heritage Designation Brief - 136 Maria St

Bylaw 05-026

155 Hunter St E

Heritage Designation Brief - 155 Hunter St E

Bylaw 05-027

205 Lisburn St

Heritage Designation Brief - 205 Lisburn St

Bylaw 05-028

285 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 285 George St N

Bylaw 05-029

379 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 379 George St N

Bylaw 05-030

464 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 464 George St N

Bylaw 05-031

478 Downie St

Heritage Designation Brief - 478 Downie St 

Bylaw 05-032

664 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 664 George St N

Bylaw 05-033

201 Charlotte St

Heritage Designation Brief - 201 Charlotte St

Bylaw 05-191

273 Hunter St W

Heritage Designation Brief - 273 Hunter St W

Bylaw 05-192

396 Downie St

Heritage Designation Brief - 396 Downie St

Bylaw 05-193

407-409 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 407-409 George St N

Bylaw 05-194

544 McDonnel St

Heritage Designation Brief - 544 McDonnel St

Bylaw 05-195

90 Murray St

Heritage Designation Brief - 90 Murray St

Bylaw 05-196

168 Brock St

Heritage Designation Brief - 168 Brock St

Bylaw 06-026

402-404 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 402-404 George St N

Bylaw 06-029

414-416 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 414-416 George St N

Bylaw 06-030

544 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 544 George St N

Bylaw 06-025

385-387 Reid St

Heritage Designation Brief - 385-387 Reid St

Bylaw 06-027

544 Harvey St

Heritage Designation Brief - 544 Harvey St

Bylaw 06-028

527 Parkhill Rd W

Heritage Designation Brief - 527 Parkhill Rd W

Bylaw 06-124

548 Aylmer St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 548 Aylmer St N

Bylaw 06-124

558 Harvey St

Heritage Designation Brief - 558 Harvey St

Bylaw 06-124

17 Merino Rd

Heritage Designation Brief - 17 Merino Rd

Bylaw 06-187

432 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 432 George St N

Bylaw 07-037

189 Hunter St W

Heritage Designation Brief - 189 Hunter St W

Bylaw 07-037

461-463 Gilmour St

Heritage Designation Brief - 461-463  Gilmour St

Bylaw 08-006

362 Hunter St W

Heritage Designation Brief - 362 Hunter St W

Bylaw 08-007

3 Engleburn Place

Heritage Designation Brief - Engleburn Place

Bylaw 08-008

526 McDonnel St

Heritage Designation Brief - 526 McDonnel St

Bylaw 08-009

480-484 Weller St

Heritage Designation Brief - 480-484 Weller St

Bylaw 08-010

443 Reid St

Heritage Designation Brief - 443 Reid St

Bylaw 08-021

570 Water St

Heritage Designation Brief - 570 Water St

Bylaw 08-065

220 Brock St

Heritage Designation Brief - 220 Brock St

Bylaw 08-066

379 Reid St

Heritage Designation Brief - 379 Reid St

Bylaw 08-066

388 Mark St

Heritage Designation Brief - 388 Mark St

Bylaw 08-066

396-400 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 396-400 Geogre St N

Bylaw 08-066

419 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 419 George St N

Bylaw 08-066

365 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 365 George St N

Bylaw 08-194

140 Hunter St W

Heritage Designation Brief - 140 Hunter St W

Bylaw 09-021

221 London St

Heritage Designation Brief - 221 London St

Bylaw 09-021

410-412 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 410-412 George St N

Bylaw 09-021

413 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 413 George St N

Bylaw 09-021

425-427 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 425-427 George St N

Bylaw 09-021

7 Engleburn Place

Heritage Designation Brief - 7 Engleburn Place

Bylaw 09-109

186 Aberdeen Ave

Heritage Designation Brief - 186 Aberdeen Ave

Bylaw 09-109

187 London St

Heritage Designation Brief - 187 London

Bylaw 09-109

485 Bonaccord St

Heritage Designation Brief - 485 Bonaccord St

Bylaw 09-109

512-514 College St

Heritage Designation Brief - 512-514 College St

Bylaw 09-109

Mount St. Joseph (1545 Monaghan Rd)

Heritage Designation Brief - 1545 Monaghan Rd

Bylaw 09-158

64 Hunter St W

Heritage Designation Brief - 64 Hunter St W

Bylaw 10-125

597-599 Water St

Heritage Designation Brief - 597-599 Water St

Bylaw 10-125

651 Gilmour St

Heritage Designation Brief - 651 Gilmour St

Bylaw 10-125

788 Aylmer St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 788 Aylmer St N

Bylaw 10-125

City Hall and Carnegie Library (500 George St N)

Heritage Designation Brief – City Hall

Heritage Designation Brief – Carnegie Library

Bylaw 10-170

91 Langton St

Heritage Designation Brief - 91 Langton St

Bylaw 11-073

Bylaw 17-019

191-195 London St

Heritage Designation Brief - 191-195 London St

Bylaw 11-073

349 Reid St

Heritage Designation Brief - 349 Reid St

Bylaw 11-073

416 Stewart St

Heritage Designation Brief - 416 Stewart St

Bylaw 11-073

583 Harvey St

Heritage Designation Brief - 583 Harvey St

Bylaw 11-073

601 Gilmour St

Heritage Designation Brief - 601 Gilmour St

Bylaw 11-073

285A George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 285A George St N

Bylaw 12-077

430 Sheridan St

Heritage Designation Brief - 430 Sheridan St

Bylaw 12-077

C.P.R. Station (175 George St N)

Heritage Designation Brief - 175 George St N

Bylaw 12-077

406-408 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 406-408 George St N

Bylaw 12-077

184 London St

Heritage Designation Brief - 184 London St

Bylaw 12-077

482 Mark St

Heritage Designation Brief - 482 Mark St

Bylaw 13-004

499 Homewood Ave

Heritage Designation Brief - 499 Homewood Ave

Bylaw 13-148

512 Weller St

Heritage Designation Brief - 512 Weller St

Bylaw 13-148

404 Belmont Ave

Heritage Designation Brief - 404 Belmont Ave

Bylaw 13-148

512 Dickson St

Heritage Designation Brief - 512 Dickson St

Bylaw 13-148

Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School (201 McDonnel St)

Heritage Designation Brief - 201 McDonnel St

Bylaw 14-109

252 Parkhill Rd W

Heritage Designation Brief - 252 Parkhill Rd W

Bylaw 16-005

503 Homewood Ave

Heritage Designation Brief - 503 Homewood Ave

Bylaw 18-007

King George Public School (220 Hunter St E)

Heritage Designation Brief - 220 Hunter St E

Bylaw 18-064

408 Belmont Ave

Heritage Designation Brief - 408 Belomont Ave

Bylaw 19-038

415 George St N

Heritage Designation Brief - 415 George St N

Bylaw 19-039

487 Hunter St W

Heritage Designation Brief - 487 Hunter St W

Bylaw 19-040

678 Bethune St

Heritage Designation Brief - 678 Bethune St

Bylaw 19-041