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Designating a Heritage Property


Determining and designating a property is a municipal matter. There are several components that can be used to designate a property or building. Listed below are the nine factors that can be used as aids in trying to designate a property:

  • A building may have been associated with the life of a historic personage or have played some role in an important historical event or episode.
  • A building may be exemplary for the study of architecture or construction of a specific period or area, or the work of an important builder, designer, or, architect.
  • Antiquity alone is not a sufficient basis for nomination but may be a vital factor where comparable structures have become rare.
  • Where a building is an integral part of a distinctive area of a community, or is considered to be a landmark, its contribution to the neighbourhood character may be of special value.
  • A modest structure may be no less important to the community's heritage than an architectural gem such as a mansion or public building.
  • The correspondence between the stated reasons for considering designation and the actual architectural and visual character of the property should be comprehensible to the community.
  • A building, together with its site, should retain a large part of its integrity - its relation its earlier site(s) - in the maintenance of its original or early materials and craftsmanship.
  • Subjective factors such as personal memories, community attachments, or aesthetic tastes are not unimportant, but require balanced judgments.
  • Specific architectural considerations should include style, plan, and the sequence of spaces; use of materials and details, including windows, doors, signs, ornaments, and so on; colours, textures, and lighting; and the relationship of all these to neighbouring buildings.

In general, properties of historic value should be able, with some suitable interpretation, to reveal some of the broad architectural, cultural, social, political, economic or military patterns of our history, or should have some association with specific events or people that have shaped the details of that history.

What Heritage Designation Does

  • Heritage Designation recognizes and reinforces the cultural value and community appreciation of heritage properties. 
  • Heritage designation provides protection against inappropriate changes to heritage properties, and hinders demolition.
  • Heritage designation promotes community awareness and tourism.
  • Heritage designation enables access to government programs for financial assistance.

What Heritage Designation Does Not Do

  • Heritage designation does not impose obligations or expenses beyond those of any property owner.
  • Heritage designation does not restrict the use of a property, or prohibit building alterations or additions.
  • Heritage designation does not forbid demolition of heritage properties.
  • Heritage designation does not restrict the sale of a property, or affect its resale value.

Where Do I Start?

If you would like to designate your building, please get in touch with the Brockton Heritage Committee.