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The Heritage Designation Process

London has one of the most diverse and extensive inventories of heritage structures in Ontario. London's downtown alone has more than 500 heritage buildings -- many of them original and some are the most architecturally significant examples in the region.

The City of London provides a variety of financial incentives to encourage the designation and retention of heritage structures. For further information, please call the Planning Division at 519-661-4980 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The steps in the heritage designation process are outlined below:


  1. Write to the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (directed through the Planning Division to request designation.
  2. Working with the Advisory Committee, City staff review and prepare reasons for designation.
  3. The London Advisory Committee on Heritage makes its recommendation to the Planning and Environment Committee of Council.
  4. The Planning and Environment Committee makes its recommendation to Council.
  5. If Council approves, a "Notice of Intent to Designate" is advertised three times in the London Free Press over a 30-day period.
  6. If no objections have been filed, Council gives its final decision.   

Criteria for Designation

The Municipal Council may designate heritage resources by by-law pursuant to Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act base on criteria set forth in Ontario Regulation 9 / 06.

Criteria for Determining Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

A property may be designated under Section 29 of the Act if it meets one or more of the following criteria for determining whether it is of cultural heritage value or interest:


  1. The property has design value or physical value because it, is a rare, unique, representative or early example of a style, type, expression, material or construction method, displays a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit, or demonstrates a high degree of technical or scientific achievement.
  2. The property has historical value or associative value because it, has direct associations with a theme, event, belief, person, activity, organization or institution that is significant to a community, yields, or has the potential to yield, information that contributes to an understanding of a community or culture, or demonstrates or reflects the work or ideas of an architect, artist, builder, designer or theorist who is significant to a community.
  3. The property has contextual value because it, is important in defining, maintaining or supporting the character of an area, is physically, functionally, visually or historically linked to its surroundings, or is a landmark.


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