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Heritage Research and Properties

Tay's heritage properties

View the heritage map of our designated and registered heritage buildings.

Properties with a 'heritage designation' 

Properties 'on the register'

List of properties on the Register.

Recognized properties

  • 121 Richard - Victoria Manor
  • 3706 Vasey Road
  • 22 Hazel - Christ Church
  • 278 Albert Street - The Balaclava House
  • 556 Algoma

Properties 'in the inventory'

List of properties on the Heritage Inventory

How do I protect my property or get it designated?

The following levels of heritage protection exist in Tay Township for Heritage buildings and structures:

1- The Heritage Inventory

The Heritage Inventory has information on some of the Township's built heritage assets. The inventory is for information purposes only and provides no level of protection of the building.

2- Recognized Buildings

Buildings are recognized by the Heritage Committee and are given a burgundy heritage plaque in acknowledgement of the building's significance to the community. Although there is no protection to these buildings under the Ontario Heritage Act, buildings that are recognized could also be found on the Heritage Register and thus be subject to some levels of protection.

3- The Heritage Register

The Township is required under the Ontario Heritage Act to keep a register of heritage properties that council believes to be of cultural heritage value or interest. Although these properties have not been 'Designated', the owner shall not demolish or remove the building or structure on their property unless they give the clerk 60 days' notice in writing of the owner's intention to demolish. This provides the council time to consider protecting it.

Note: Despite its name, a property in the register is not actually registered on the property's title.

3- Designated heritage buildings

Buildings that are designated by by-law under the Ontario Heritage Act are given a blue plaque that acknowledges the buildings significance to the community based on its cultural heritage value or interest.

The Designation By-law is registered on title which means its stays with the property even if the owners change. The By-law specifically outlines which characteristics are of local heritage significance to be protected. These characteristics cannot be altered or removed unless a heritage permit is received through the township in accordance to the Ontario Heritage Act.

The Heritage Committee is a great resource for owners for suggestions regarding the alterations.

How do I apply for a heritage building permit?

When do I need a heritage permit?

An owner only needs to apply for a heritage permit when they are making alterations to a building that affects the heritage attributes of their 'designated' heritage building.

What is the process?

  1. Download and complete the forms below
  2. Bring the forms into the Township for approval
  3. The Heritage Committee reviews the alteration plans and makes a recommendation to council

Note: If there is a differing opinion between the Heritage Committee and the owner in regards to the permit, Council is the deciding body.

The application

Visit the building permit applications page to download the Heritage building permit.

Am I eligible for the Heritage Tax Rebate Program?

What is the Heritage Tax Rebate Program?

The program was created to encourage investment in a building or structure of historic or architectural value to our local history. The refund program covers up to 40% of property tax. All municipal taxes are counted in including:

  • Simcoe County taxes,
  • Tay Township taxes
  • and the School Board taxes.

Note: churches do not pay taxes so they are already exempt.

Complete and submit the Heritage Tax Refund Application to the Municipal Office between February 1st and the last day of February to be eligible for the Heritage Tax Rebate for the previous year. This application must be submitted annually.

Is my property eligible?

Eligible properties must be 'Designated' under the Ontario Heritage Act and have entered into a Heritage Easement Agreement.

How do I do heritage research on my property?

The Township and the Heritage Committee encourages residents to do heritage research on their property to add to the knowledge of our community.

Places to start

Note: Tay is mostly comprised of the gothic revival style

How do I research my genealogy?

The Tay Heritage Committee does not do research on family genealogy however, the Committee encourages the public to do their own research.

The Ontario Genealogical Society

It is the mission of the Ontario Genealogical Society to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage.

More on genealogy

Still have Questions?

If you have questions regarding the protection of properties view this heritage overview presentation.

Or, feel free to Contact the Heritage Committee by calling the Township.