Part V - Heritage Conservation Districts

Introduction to Part V

Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act provides for the designation by a municipality of one or more heritage conservation districts in the municipality.

Subsection 41(1) enables a municipality to designate the entire municipality or any defined area or areas of the municipality as a heritage conservation district, where the municipality’s official plan contains provisions relating to the establishment of heritage conservation districts.

Designation of a heritage conservation district enables a municipality to manage and guide future changes in the heritage conservation district through the adoption of a heritage conservation district plan which contains policies, guidelines and procedures with respect to achieving the objectives of and managing change in the heritage conservation district.

Where a heritage conservation district has been designated, any alteration (other than minor alterations that are described in the heritage conservation district plan), erection, demolition or removal of any building or structure on property within a heritage conservation district would require a permit from the municipality.  The Bill 60 changes to the Ontario Heritage Act in 2005 strengthened the power of a municipality to prevent the alteration, erection, demolition or removal of buildings or structures on property in a designated heritage conservation district.

The Province has put together a guide "Heritage Conservation Districts: A Guide to to District Designation under the Ontario Heritage Actas part of the Ontario Heritage Tool Kit.  It is designed to help municipal Councils, municipal staff, Municipal Heritage Committees, land use planners, heritage professionals, heritage organizations, property owners, and others understand the heritage conservation district process in Ontario.

For ease of navigation, we have divided Part V into the following:

Annotated Act - Sections 39.1 to 39.2

PART V
HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICTS

Legislative History of the Title to Part V

Originally enacted S.O. 1974, c. 122. [Enactment commenced 05/03/1975]


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  1. 39.1(1) DEFINITION

  2. 39.1(2) PUBLICATION OF NOTICE, CITY OF TORONTO

  3. 39.1(3) PUBLICATION OF NOTICE

  4. 39.1.1(1) APPLICATION

  5. 39.1.1(2) CONFLICT

  6. 39.2(1) REGISTER

  7. 39.2(2) EXTRACTS


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  1. 40(1) AREA STUDY

  2. 40(2) SCOPE OF STUDY

  3. 40(3) CONSULTATION

  4. 40.1(1) DESIGNATION OF STUDY AREA

  5. 40.1(2) SAME

  6. 40.1(3) NOTICE BY-LAW

  7. 40.1(4) APPEAL TO TRIBUNAL

  8. 40.1(5) APPLICATION

  9. 40.1(6) LIMITATION

Flow Chart 12: The process for designation of an area as a heritage conservation study area for a period of up to one year under s.40 and 40.1 of the Ontario Heritage Act.  Click on the image below to download the flow chart.


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  1. 41(1) DESIGNATION OF HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICT

  2. 41(2) PROPERTY DESIGNATED UNDER PART IV

  3. 41(2.1) WHICH PART APPLIES

  4. 41(2.2) SAME

  5. 41(2.3) SAME

  6. 41(2.4) SAME

  7. 41(3) NOTICE OF BY-LAW

  8. 41(4) APPEAL TO TRIBUNAL

  9. 41(5) IF NO NOTICE OF APPEAL

  10. 41(6) IF NOTICE OF APPEALS

  11. 41(7) POWERS OF TRIBUNAL

  12. 41(8) DISMISSAL WITHOUT HEARING OF APPEALS

  13. 41(9) REPRESENTATIONS

  14. 41(10) COMING INTO FORCE

  15. 41(10.1) REGISTRATION OF BY-LAW

  16. 41(11) TRANSITION

  17. 41(12) SAME

Flow Chart 13: The process for designation of a Heritage Conservation District and adoption of a Heritage Conservation District Plan.  Click on the image below to download the flow chart.


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  1. 41.1(1) HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICT PLAN

  2. 41.1(2) SAME, WHERE DISTRICT ALREADY DESIGNATED

  3. 41.1(3) NOTICE

  4. 41.1(4) APPLICATION

  5. 41.1(5) CONTENT OF PLAN

  6. 41.1(6) CONSULTATION

  7. 41.1(7) NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  8. 41.1(8) TIME OF PUBLIC MEETING

  9. 41.1(9) ORAL REPRESENTATION

  10. 41.1(10) INFORMATION PROVIDED AT MEETING

  11. 41.1(11) WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS

  12. 41.1(12) COPIES OF PROPOSED PLAN AVAILABLE

  13. 41.2(1) CONSISTENCY WITH HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICT PLAN

  14. 41.2(2) CONFLICT


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  1. 42(1) ERECTION, DEMOLITION, ETC.

  2. 42(2) EXCEPTION

  3. 42(2.1) APPLICATION FOR PERMIT

  4. 42(2.2) CONTENT OF APPLICATION

  5. 42(3) NOTICE OF RECEIPT

  6. 42(4) DECISION OF COUNCIL

  7. 42(4.1) CONSULTATION

  8. 42(5) DEEMED PERMIT

  9. 42(6) APPEAL TO TRIBUNAL

  10. 42(7) NOTICE OF APPEAL

  11. 42(8) TRIBUNAL'S POWERS

  12. 42(9) TRANSITION, PRIOR FAILURE TO GIVE PERMIT OR NOTICE

  13. 42(10) TRANSITION

  14. 42(11) SAME

  15. 42(12) SAME, EXCEPTION

  16. 42(13) TRANSITION, APPEAL TO BOARD

  17. 42(14) NOTICE OF APPEAL

  18. 42(15) APPLICATION

  19. 42(16) DELEGATION

  20. 42(17) SAME

  21. 43 REPEALED

  22. 44. REPEALED

Flow Chart 14:  The process for altering of or demolition on a property in a Heritage Conservation District designated under s.41 of the Ontario Heritage Act.  Click on the image below to download the flow chart.


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  1. 45. APPLICATION, SS. 36 TO 39

  2. 45.1(1) BUILDING STANDARDS BY-LAW

  3. 45.1(2) APPLICATION

  4. 46. DELEGATION


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