Town of Fort Erie to host public meeting on heritage property designations in May

Fort Erie will be hosting a public meeting regarding heritage property designations at town hall (1 Municipal Centre Dr.) on May 8, 2024, from 5 until 7 p.m.

At the meeting, town staff and the Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee will go over the process of designation, heritage permits, and incentives for owners of designated properties and properties on the register to be designated.

Fort Erie currently has more than 50 properties with a heritage designation and is looking to add more properties to the list.

Designation of heritage properties is a means of acknowledging the value of a particular property to the community at large while helping to ensure its conservation into the future.

Being designated could add steps to demolish or alter a heritage home, for example.

The Town of Fort Erie notes that working with town staff to make the application should not take much more time than applying for a regular building permit.

Owners of listed properties must give Fort Erie council at least 60 days’ notice of their intention to demolish or remove a building or structure on the property. The notice allows the municipality to decide whether to begin a designation process to give long-term protection to the property.

Fort Erie also has a heritage tax program that gives eligible heritage property owners a refund of up to 40 per cent of the taxes levied for municipal and school purposes. The heritage tax refund is based on a maximum assessed value of $500,000 for each eligible heritage property.

An application for the program is available on, and inquiries can be directed to Kimberlyn Smith, junior community planner with the Town of Fort Erie, at (905) 871-1600 extension 2508.

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