Municipal Heritage Register

What is the Municipal Heritage Register?

Section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act requires that the City Clerk keep a register of property, situated in the municipal boundaries, that is of cultural heritage value or interest. The Municipal Heritage Register lists all designated properties in the City of Timmins. Council may also include non-designated (or listed properties) on the register.

Why designate?

  • Recognizes the importance of a property to the local community.
  • Protects the property's cultural heritage value.
  • Encourages good stewardship and conservation.
  • Promotes knowledge and understanding about the property. 

What are the criteria for designation?

To qualify for designation, the property must satisfy at least two (2) of the criteria as set out in O. Reg. 9/06 (see p.3-4, Application Form). Further, it must be shown how the property satisfies those criteria, and identify the heritage attributes (or specific features) that contribute to those criteria.

How is property designated?

Designation follows a formal process set out under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act and is briefly summarized as follows:

Step 1: Identification (Application Stage).
Step 2: Research and Evaluation (Application Stage).
Step 3: Council Decision: Notice of intention to designate (30-day objection period).
Step 4: Council Decision: Pass Designation By-law (30-day appeal period).
Step 5: Register Designation By-law and update Municipal Heritage Register.

Members of the public may nominate a property for addition to the Municipal Heritage Register by completion and submission of an application to the City Clerk (see Application Form). Under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, Council is required to consult its Municipal Heritage Committee before deciding whether to designate a property. Applicants are advised to ensure that their nomination has the support of the property owner and any other stakeholders.

For review of a draft application, and for general enquiries regarding designation, please contact [email protected] to schedule a consultation. Members of the public are also encouraged to contact the Timmins Museum: NEC, to determine if there are additional resources available to support the application.

How is the designated property protected?

The property owner is not obligated to restore the designated property. Interior renovations or use, especially for private homes, are unlikely to be restricted.

The purpose of the designation bylaw is not to prevent development but to manage its impact on recognized heritage features. Any proposed development, such as demolition or alterations, that might affect the heritage attributes listed in the bylaw will require a heritage permit application. Council can either deny or grant the permit with conditions aimed at mitigating the impact on heritage attributes. Before deciding on a heritage permit application, Council is required to consult its Municipal Heritage Committee.

Are listed properties also subject to permit application?

No, however the owner must provide Council with 60-days’ notice of any intention to demolish a listed heritage property. This is an interim protection, and allows Council time to consult with its Municipal Heritage Committee and decide whether they wish to issue a Notice of Intention to Designate.