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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Any building, structure or site that is of interest for its architectural, historical, cultural, environment, archaeological, palaeontological, aesthetic or scientific value may be designated as either Municipal Heritage Property or Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act.

Municipal Heritage Property

Municipal Heritage Property at 472 326-11th Ave. East (K Szalasznyj 2005)

Municipal Heritage Property at 472 326-11th Ave. East (K Szalasznyj 2005)

The Heritage Property Act empowers a city, town, village or rural municipality to designate any locally- or regionally-significant property as a Municipal Heritage Property.

Municipal designation publicly and formally recognizes a property's heritage value.  It also legally protects the property, encourages good stewardship and makes a property eligible for financial assistance from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.  There are over 750 municipally-designated properties in Saskatchewan.

For information how to designate a Municipal Heritage Property, refer to our Municipal Heritage Property Designation Guide or contact your local municipal government

Related Documents and Forms 

Once a property is designated, the owner must obtain the municipal council's written approval for any alterations that will potentially affect the property's heritage character-defining elements.


Provincial Heritage Property

Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Stanley Mission (C. Fehr 2004)

Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Stanley Mission (C. Fehr 2004)

The Heritage Property Act empowers the Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport (TPCS) to designate any provincially-significant property as a Provincial Heritage Property.  Designation serves to recognize a property and provide it with the legal protection necessary to ensure its conservation.  There are 50 provincially-designated properties in Saskatchewan.

To qualify for Provincial Heritage Property designation, a property must normally:

  • be associated with an important aspect of Saskatchewan's human or natural or human history;
  • be of outstanding provincial significance;
  • be situated on its original site; and
  • retain the physical features that convey the property's heritage value.

Owners and/or other interested parties may submit a nomination form (below) to have a site evaluated for Provincial Heritage Property designation.  The information provided by the applicant is evaluated by a heritage advisory committee of the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation to determine if the property meets the designation criteria, in which case a recommendation to proceed with designation is made to the Minister. 

Once a property is designated, the owner must obtain prior written consent from the Minister for any alterations that will potentially affect the property's heritage character-defining elements.  Provincial Heritage Properties are also eligible for financial assistance from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation for work towards their preservation, restoration or rehabilitation.

Documents for Provincial Designation:

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Common questions and concerns regarding designation and its impact to property owners.

Search the database for designated heritage properties in your community.

The Foundation offers a series of heritage grant programs which complement the personal commitments and economic resources of individuals, municipalities and agencies across Saskatchewan.

Municipalities can use the information provided in this document to guide decisions on conserving heritage property.



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