A heritage "listing" is an informal tool used to identify properties of cultural heritage value. A heritage designation provides formal recognition of heritage value through the passing of a municipal by-law.
For more information, contact a Heritage Coordinator or refer to the documents in the Heritage Resource Management section for specific information about listed and designated properties.
Here is a list of various sources that may assist you:
Brampton offers a Heritage Incentive Grant of up to $5000 in matching funds for projects devoted to the care or restoration of heritage features on "designted" heritge properties.
The application kit is available here.
For more information, contact a Heritage Coordinator.
A heritage permit is required for any significant alteration to a "designated" heritage property. Council approves heritage permits on the advise of heritage staff and the Brampton Heritage Board.
For more information refer to the heritage permit kits:
Conservation refers to the care and maintenance of existing heritage building elements to ensure they remain intact and sound. Conservation also means undertaking building alterations and additions in a manner that minimizes negative impacts on heritage building elements and character.
Restoration involves replicating lost or damaged building elements in a manner that maintains or enhances the true character of a building.
Heritage Buildings – A Few Simple Conservation Rules:
Don’t avoid routine maintenance and regular upkeep. Costs add up, work become more complicated and heritage elements are put at risk;
Don’t use inappropriate building materials, avoid painting or stuccoing over masonry walls, repoint old, softer brick with appropriate mortar and always match existing mortar profile, etc;
Don’t erect additions that are out of scale with the heritage structure or which conflicts visually because of choices of exterior finishes and detailing;
Avoid conjecture with regard to “restoring” missing heritage elements or by introducing "period" elements that would not otherwise be suitable;
Don’t cover, remove or replace sound or repairable detailing, especially with modern materials that do not match (e.g. replacing wood sash windows with plate glass panels or vinyl casement windows);
Repair instead of replace, and where replacement is necessary, do so as sparingly as possible;
Always recognize and respect the “patina” of an old building. Over-zealous cleaning particularly with harsh products or methods can destroy the authentic character and age of a building;
Avoid gutting the interior of original and period finishes and details in order to “modernize”. Elements such as original baseboard, plaster ceiling medallions and cornices, window and door mouldings, period light fixtures, staircases, mantelpieces, stained glass windows are critical to ensure the interior of a building retains its character and value;
Cultural heritage is the surviving physical evidence of people’s lives, linked and influenced by the broader world. All of us contribute to it and shape it, whether we realize it or not. It is never static or ‘frozen in time’.
Heritage is usually perceived as being worthy of on-going care, use and interpretation.
It can be found in the built-form, spaces and landscapes that we share, construct or inhabit and in the archaeological record of what we’ve left behind.
Its value can be measured by the aesthetic, historical, scientific, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual values embodied within it.
Heritage is often very fragile, easily damaged or lost – despite its importance. It often requires a measure of recognition and stewardship to protect it.