A quick check of the City’s online map (where you can download a site report) will identify the age of the building and if your property is listed on the Heritage Register or if it is protected heritage property.
Statements of significance
A Statement of Significance (SOS) identifies the heritage value and explains the context and relevance of a historic property, building or landscape. The short document (usually one-two pages) demonstrates the key aspects that must be protected in order for the historic place to maintain its heritage value.
They are used in evaluating the heritage merit of a property, or when a change is proposed to an already protected property. SOSs are required for the formal protection of a site and are sometimes drafted when a property is listed on the Heritage Register.
An SOS has three parts:
- Describe the Historic Place
Provide a description of the property in physical terms, detailing location, design features, materials and other attributes.
- Explain its Heritage Value
Determine why the property holds community value.
- Identify Character-defining Elements
List the key physical features that require conservation in order for the property to maintain its heritage value.
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