Monday, August 22, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Heritage Financial Incentive Program: Applications Available Online

Heritage Building

The City of St. John’s aims to conserve significant heritage resources including buildings and streetscapes. To further this objective the City has recently created a Heritage Financial Incentives Program to assist property owners to maintain buildings and homes that are designated as Heritage Buildings as well as those located in the City's Heritage Areas (see map).  

Through this incentive program two types of grants are available.

  • Heritage Maintenance Grant for the maintenance and repair to façade elements abutting a public street. A grant of up to 25 per cent of the material and labour costs will be available to a maximum of $1,000 per building, per calendar year.
  • Heritage Conservation Grant for the preservation, restoration and/or replacement of façade elements abutting a public street. A grant of up to 25 per cent of the material and labour costs will be available to a maximum of $5,000 per building, per calendar year.

Please note that applications are available online and must be submitted to the City between September 1 and November 1 for the following calendar year. Once a grant application is approved, Council may waive associated permit fees. Please see full details and conditions online.

The City of St. John’s promotes built heritage as a public good that fosters a sense of place and identity; generates economic development and tourism revenues; makes best use of our built resources; and is environmentally appropriate. 

Since 1977 the City has been designating heritage buildings in its Registry of Designated Heritage Buildings  and encourages property owners to consider their properties for designation. Additionally, the City provides an annual Heritage Recognition Award Program to celebrate and acknowledge outstanding work on designated heritage buildings.