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Municipal Heritage Property Designation

Any building, structure or site that is of interest for its architectural, historical, cultural, environmental, archaeological, palaeontological, aesthetic or scientific value may be designated as a Municipal Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act.  

There are more than 800 municipally-designated properties in Saskatchewan.  


1. Benefits

Municipal designation publically and formally recognizes a property’s heritage value. It also legally protects the property, encourages good stewardship and makes a property eligible for financial assistance from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.


2. Eligibility

A city, town, resort village, rural or northern municipality may designate any locally or regionally-significant property as a Municipal Heritage Property. 


3. How To Apply

The steps required to designate a Municipal Heritage Property are as follows:

  • A request to designate is received by the public or proposed by the municipality;
  • Council discusses the designation proposal and passes a resolution to issue a notice of intention to designate a Municipal Heritage Property;
  • The municipal official completes all of the following steps not less than 30 days before consideration of the designation bylaw by council:
    • Sends a copy of the notice of intention to the property owner(s); 
    • Publishes the notice of intention in a local newspaper that has general circulation in the municipality; 
    • Registers an interest based on the notice of intention in the Land Titles Registry against all titles for the parcels of land included in the proposed bylaw; 
    • Sends a copy of the notice of intention to the Heritage Conservation Branch.
  • After waiting the required 30 days, and providing no objections have been received, council votes on the bylaw in a regular or special meeting;
  • After passing the bylaw, the municipal official will:
    • Serve the Heritage Conservation Branch with a certified copy of the bylaw;
    • Serve all property owners included in the bylaw with a notice of designation;
    • Register an interest based on the notice of designation in the Land Titles Registry against all titles for the parcels of land included in the bylaw.
    • The municipal official enters the property in the municipality’s Register of Municipal Heritage Property; and
    • Once designated, changes to the property that affect its heritage value (alterations, repairs, additions to, transportation of, removing fixtures from) must be approved by council in writing to ensure that the property’s heritage value and character-defining elements are conserved.

For more information on how to apply for Municipal Heritage Property designation, please refer to the Municipal Heritage Property Designation Guide or contact your local municipal government.


5. Further Information

Use this checklist to help assist in your application process.

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