The Norfolk Heritage Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by Norfolk Council to advise and recommend which properties or natural areas should receive a protective heritage designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Duties of the Norfolk Heritage Committee

  • researches and keeps an ongoing inventory of heritage properties
  • acts as a liaison with Norfolk Council and the property owner
  • informs the community about its built and natural heritage through brochures and workshops
  • networks with various County groups and committees concerning heritage matters

Why a Property Would be Designated

  • architectural merit
  • unique style
  • historical background
  • natural visual beauty

What Could be Designated


Houses, barns, stores, bridges, public and industrial buildings, monuments, streetscapes and cemeteries


Archaeological sites, parks, natural areas and vistas

Benefits of Designation

  • increases the value of the property
  • helps preserve the County’s heritage
  • a plaque is presented to the property owner
  • the neighbourhood is enhanced
  • community recognition of the heritage property
  • encourages others to seek designation

Criteria for Determining Cultural Heritage Value of Interest

Under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, a property may be designated if it meets one or more of the following criteria for determining whether it is of cultural heritage value or interest:

  1. The property has design value or physical value because it
    1. is a rare, unique, representative or early example of a style, type, expression, material or construction method,
    2. displays a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit, or
    3. demonstrates a high degree of technical or scientific achievement.
  2. The property has historical value or associative value because it
    1. has direct associations with a theme, event, belief, person, activity, organization or institution that is significant to a community,
    2. yields, or has the potential to yield, information that contributes to an understanding of a community or culture, or
    3. demonstrates or reflects the work or ideas of an architect, artist, builder, designer or theorist who is significant to a community.
  3. The property has contextual value because it
    1. is important in defining, maintaining or supporting the character of an area,
    2. is physically, functionally, visually or historically linked to its surroundings, or
    3. is a landmark.

To receive more information about heritage designation please contact Phone: 519-426-5870 ext. 1340

Permission to Designate Property as Heritage