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Municipal Heritage Register

A Municipal Heritage Register is a publically accessible list of properties that includes Designated Buildings and Buildings of Heritage Interest. It can be used to determine areas of heritage interest within a municipality. The register is regularly reviewed and updated and serves the following purposes:

  • Recognize properties of cultural heritage value in a community.
  • Foster civic identity and pride by drawing attention to the heritage and development of a community.
  • Promote knowledge and enhances an understanding of a community’s cultural heritage.
  • Provide easily accessible information about cultural heritage value for land-use planners, property owners, developers, the tourism industry, educators and the general public.
  • Be used as a central element of a municipal cultural plan that begins with mapping local cultural resources and then leverages these resources for economic development and community building.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process to list a non-designated property on the Municipal Heritage Register?
  1. An owner or Heritage Barrie (an advisory committee) identifies a property for a listing consideration.
  2. An owner may initiate a request by sending an e-mail to the Heritage Barrie Staff Liaison: Ryan White, ryan.white@barrie.ca. It is suggested some historic information on the property, and photographs be included in the request.
  3. The owner is provided the opportunity to attend a Heritage Barrie meeting to discuss potential listing, reasons for listing, the implications and benefits of listing.
  4. Heritage Barrie makes a recommendation to Council.
  5. If Council approves a listing, then the property is placed on the Municipal Heritage Register.

Heritage Barrie reports go to the Infrastructure, Investment, and Development Services Committee (a reference committee of Council) then to General Committee and then Council. Information about each is available at Council & Committees.

How will it affect me as a property owner if my property is added to the Municipal Heritage Register?
  • It means your property is of interest as it may meet one or more of the criteria in the categories of:
    • Design or Physical Value;
    • Historical or Associative Value, or
    • Contextual Value
  •  There is a 60 day waiting period on any demolition permits
How does it affect me if I want to make changes to my property if it is listed on Municipal Heritage Register?

You may paint, renovate, restore improve or add to your property as normal. There is no impact in this regard, if your property is listed as a non-designated property.

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