Heritage Designation


The Town of Lincoln Municipal Heritage Committee acts as a liason between Town Council and property owners wishing to have their properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.   The Committee undertakes various research efforts to evaluate properties for heritage designation and, if deemed appropriate, make recommendations to Council for final approval and designation.  The following guidelines are considered by the Municipal Heritage Committee in their review of potential properties: 

  • Architectural Value: Significant architectural feature(s) to distinguish the property.
  • Historical Value: Relevance of the property in the development of Lincoln; the occurrence of an important event or occupancy by a significant former resident.
  • Cultural Value: Contributes to a specific streetscape or vista; adds merit to the heritage of the community and surrounding area.

Heritage designation implies that the condition of original structure(s) on a property will be respected.  If circumstances change, the designation can be reconsidered.


What happens when you contact the Town of Lincoln with your request for heritage designation of your property?


  1. Registered owners of property are required to submit information particular to their property to the Town of Lincoln indicating their interest in having their property designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.  Click here to download an Official Application Form.
  2. The Municipal Heritage Committee will act as the liaison between Town of Lincoln Council and property owners who request heritage designation.
  3. Upon receipt of the completed form, the Committee arranges a site visit and assesses the property with regard to designation guidelines and makes a decision to reject or accept request for designation.
  4. If rejected, Committee informs the property owner in writing and takes no further action.
  5. If accepted, Committee informs the property owner in writing and formally initiates the designation process.
  6. Once all necessary information is in place, Committee makes a recommendation to Town Council to proceed with Notice of Intention to Designate.

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