Application Process for Heritage Property Tax Reduction

The application for heritage tax reduction is a two-step process. The process is simplified in the text below and is available in a flow chart format. The detailed application process is explained in Heritage Property Tax Reduction By-law 164-2015.

Application Requirements

These application forms are required to be submitted (can be submitted electronically through email). Please contact the Heritage Planner prior to submission of the application.

Step One (prior to August 31):

  1. Submit the Project Proposal Application, including:
    • Copy of heritage easement (if any)
    • Photos of current state of property
    • Detailed specifications of eligible work
    • Architectural plans/elevations for structural alterations
    • Estimates for all eligible work
  2. Heritage Planner review of proposal.
  3. If tax reduction proposed in 3-year period:
    • Is less than $20,000, Heritage Planner may approve
    • Is more than $20,000, Development & Heritage Standing Committee review and Council approval are required
  4. If application approved, statement of eligible work will be issued.
  5. Work can begin.
  6. Work or phase of work completed

Step Two (prior to the last day of February):

    • Maintenance & Preservation Agreement (except for properties with heritage easement agreements)
    • Photographs of completed work
    • Certificate of insurance
    • Invoices marked as paid with a breakdown of the work completed
  1. City Planning review of expenses and work inspection
  2. City Finance review of expenses
  3. Approval and heritage property tax reduction issued

Please note: The maintenance and preservation agreement is intended to protect the public investment in the tax relief program. It requires the owner to properly maintain the heritage building and keep it insured. If the property is demolished, there is a repayment clause.

For more information, please contact:

Planning & Building Services Department
Planning Division
Suite 320-350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N9A 6S1
Phone: (519) 255-6543 ext. 6179
Fax: (519) 255-6544

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